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Press Reviews

“Monday Morning’s Pittville Pump Room concert was a perfect advertisement for this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The Plane Dukes Rahman Trio were on top form, there was a friendly rapport between performers and audience…. The whole programme suggested that for these musicians, superb playing is the most natural thing in the world.”
The Daily Telegraph


“Congratulations to Robert Plane (clarinet), Philip Dukes (viola) and Sophia Rahman (piano), who this month celebrate ten years of playing together as a trio. The sight of their names on a CD cover or concert programme always excites the highest expectations of imaginative and dedicated musicianship and, as usual, this disc entirely fulfils that promise.”
London Evening Standard


“…the marvellous Plane Dukes Rahman Trio. In Schumann’s Marchenerzahlungen the trio showed a mastery of the Wigmore acoustics. The warm textures were honey rather than treacle, clarity provided by the piquant tone of Philip Dukes’s viola. Balance was perfect. The clarinet-piano Fantasiestucke and viola-piano Marchenbilder were enriched by the same intelligent, fluid articulation, confirming the rightness of this affectionate but unsentimental view of Schumann.”
The Daily Telegraph


“Three outstanding musicians form Great Britain..They began the midday concert with four pieces by Max Bruch, excellently expressed, with sure technical command and demonstrative self-assurance, as might be expected of musicians at the height of their artistic development.”
La Nacion, Buenos Aires


“They are a consummate chamber ensemble. The rapport between them is extraordinary. You take for granted the incredible balance they achieve between the instruments; you assume, when you hear them, every nuance of flexibility and expression that they come out with-they are flawlessly unanimous… They are world-class, and they demonstrated all of this at every turn. The sight and sound of these three together, as many people have remarked, seems as instinctive as breathing itself.”
The Herald, Glasgow