At SummerFest, performance of Dvorák’s Piano Trio an unforgettable exper
The intensity from violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Clive Greensmith and pianist (and SummerFest director) Inon Barnatan in the first movement was so great that its ending provoked spontaneous applause
Christian HertzogSan Diego Union Tribune
15 August 2022
Quartet, cellist give superior performances
At the Norton Museum of Art on Tuesday evening, the Miró Quartet and cellist Clive Greensmith joined for a transcendent performance of two works for string quintet: Luigi Boccherini’s ″Musica notturna dell estrade di Madrid (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid), op. 30, no. 6 (G. 324)″ and Franz Schubert’s “Cello Quintet in C Major” (D. 596).
Michael BroderPalm Beach Daily News
11 March 2020
ChamberFest Cleveland triumphs with haunting 'Voice of the Whale'
As flutist Lorna McGhee sang hauntingly into her instrument and cellist Clive Greensmith slid fingers eerily up and down his, Roman Rabinovich sealed the deal, evoking chirpy whale song and the murky sounds of the deep with electronic effects on a grand piano.
22 June 2018
Montrose Trio brings vigor and elegance to Rockport Chamber Music Festival
When the Montrose Trio played the passage Saturday night at the Shalin Liu Performance Center as part of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, it resounded with both reverence and vigor.
Aaron KeebaughBoston Classical Review
17 June 2018
Tempest In C-Minor @ Chamber Music Society
From a simple start at the keyboard, the strings make a lovely entrance. Mr. Barnatan's playing draws commentary from the violin and cello; and Mr. Greensmith's turns of phrase have a lovely polish. Mr. Barnatan rippling motifs, with plucking strings, lead onto a pensive theme passed from cello to violin and back. Following an animated variation, the movement ends calmly.
09 May 2018
Review: Montrose Trio
In the latest Rennolds Chamber Concerts program at VCU’s Singleton Arts Center, the Montrose Trio gave one of the finest chamber-music performances in recent Richmond seasons in a delectable if debatable interpretation of an early masterpiece by Brahms.
Clarke BustardLetter V: Virginia Classical Music Blog
19 February 2017
Montrose Trio gets new Cleveland Chamber Music Society season off to lively...
"The Turina was a fine introduction to the sterling qualities of the performers. Violinist Beaver displayed a remarkably beautiful tone and a finely tuned sense of phrasing, while cellist Greensmith revealed an almost vocal quality to his playing, which brought an extra measure of interest to an instrument that can often be subsumed in a trio setting."
28 September 2016
Brilliant Montrose Trio Makes Local Debut In LaJolla
...Tchaikovsky gave the piano greater prominence in the opening movement, in which Montrose pianist Jon Kimura Parker reveled with unalloyed ardor and consummate artistry. Fortunately, the Piano Trio’s lengthy other movement, constructed on a theme with eleven variations, gave ample opportunity for violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith to demonstrate their polished technique and sympathetic realization of sumptuous melody.
Ken HermanSan Diego Story
07 February 2016
Classical review An afternoon with BSO, Lisitsa, Weilerstein, Montrose Trio, Bal
A bittersweet melody introduced by the cello and, later, explored by the violin in "A City Mourned" provides a telling reflection. Lee lets loose with wonderfully aggressive, jumpy material for all three instruments in the fourth movement, "Final Resolutions"; the piano has some particularly wild outbursts. A contrasting touch of other-worldliness along the way gives the music additional depth before a closing dash.
Tim SmithThe Baltimore Sun
27 October 2015
Program's success was in the moments
"...in the opening “Ophelia’s Song,” a duet with Greensmith and soprano Lyubov Petrova, he made his line soar, and ache, and caress, without histrionics and with an unusual consistency of tone."
James ChuteThe San Diego Union-Tribune
23 August 2015
Album review: A fond, Czech-accented farewell from the Tokyo String Quartet By
"The overall approach to the piece is beautifully balanced, with the four playing as if they are one. Ultimately, this late-Romantic, overtly emotional music is a mighty fine way for this quartet to close its glorious 44-year history."