Review of Peter Ré's Divertimento on Albany Records (released 2006)

"….and the rendition of the Divertimento by violinist Graybert Beacham, cellist Susan Poliacik, and pianist Cheryl Tschanz is warm and lively, with spontaneous repartee."

— Blair Sanderson,

All Music Guide, November 2006

 

"Both the individual playing and the total ensemble were virtually flawless in every work, no matter how difficult. Better still, the musical character of each was shaped with taste and imagination."

— Christopher Hyde,

Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc., January 18, 1999

 

"One of the best chamber music performances this winter. I would call it a jewel, except that the word implies smallness, and the trio, augmented by French horn player John Boden, had a surprisingly powerful range. The playing was little short of inspiring, and led to a well-deserved ovation...but the crowning achievement was the trio's near-perfect coordination of tempo, volume and intonation. Couple that with real passion and enthusiasm, and one has a performance to remember."

— Christopher Hyde,

Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc., February 4, 2001

 

"The Nordica Trio...gave an exciting performance of four sonatas from three centuries Friday night. Their faculty recital drew a near-capacity audience to Corthell Hall on the Gorham campus and the crowd loved what it heard.

This piece [Kachaturian] was a banquet of dead-accurate double stops on violin and lyric, soaring melodies on clarinet. Sometimes the Beachams doubled each other at the octave or played in fourths while Funahashi's driving keyboard provided a solid rhythmic underpinning.

Karen Beacham plays wonderfully: now velvet smooth, now agile.

Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in D Minor demanded consummate technique and control from both violinist and pianist, and they delivered handsomely. Tension built through the final two movements to a climax which drew loud applause and two curtain calls, with Karen Beacham returning to the stage for the last long hand."

— Nick Humez,

Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc., March 18, 1995

 

"It was a pleasure to hear Graybert Beacham splendidly play this instrument at his USM faculty recital in Gorham Friday night. In three works spanning two centuries, Beacham demonstrated agility, accuracy and good musical sense, all to deft accompaniment by Yuri Funahashi.

In his last years Brahms wrote two clarinet sonatas which he also arranged for viola. Beacham played his Sonata in E Flat Major with panache and poignancy, while Funahasi shone in its dramatic piano part's fat chords, tricky rhythms and tasteful rubato. The house gave both musicians a good hand at recital's end, and rightly so."

— Nick Humez,

Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc., March 1, l997

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