William Preucil, violin
Dorothy Hall Lewis, 'cello
Cary Lewis, piano
Saturday, February 6, 2016
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|Recognized for its "lavish impeccable ensemble and golden tone," the Lanier Trio has performed
throughout the United States and across Europe since 1979, maintaining its current membership
since 1986. The trio has enjoyed performances as far-flung as Hawaii and Warsaw, where the
leading Polish critic exclaimed that they "overwhelmed the audience with excitement in a ravishing
performance." Little wonder that William Preucil has remained a member of the Atlanta-based trio
while continuing as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Named in honor of the famous Georgia poet and musician Sidney Lanier, the trio has produced magnificent recordings. Their two-CD release of Antonín Dvorák's Piano Trios has been hailed by Time magazine as one of the best of 1993. The Lanier Trio has also made a superb recording of selected chamber works by American composer Stephen Paulus. Many of these finely crafted, eloquently expressive pieces were written for these musicians, who approach them with sympathy as well as artistry. Of their recording of the Mendelssohn trios, the prestigious Chamber Music magazine wrote "the Lanier Trio's sprightly style and emotive playing add freshness to these often-performed pieces."
The Lanier Trio, which has been featured on Public Radio International's Saint Paul Sunday broadcast, presents a rare blend of compelling artistry. Following a performance in Atlanta, one reviewer was moved to comment, "Playing with a rapport as if they'd been concertizing together all their lives, with a spontaneity as if they were actively engaging these works for the first time, and a bravura that only comes when you've left any worries about note perfection far behind in the dust, theirs was direct emotional communication like you rarely witness between performers and audience."