"It’s hard to imagine a piano trio playing on a higher level of technical accomplishment and musical expressivity than the Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio."
– THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
"Together their playing was almost startlingly intimate. Imitative lines whispered to each other, inner voices spoke out quietly, and everything proceeded with the lightest of touch and with amazing transparency."
"Their ensemble is seamless…"
The Washington Post
“The music unfolded like a spontaneous, heady conversation among three intimate friends. Performances don’t get more exciting than this.”
“The program, showcasing Schubert’s two piano trios, offered a thrilling combination of technical prowess and almost telepathic communication onstage. Throughout the evening we felt the performers’ sheer delight in making music together.”
Chicago Classical Review
“Finckel, Han and Setzer have earned their reputations as able evangelists for chamber music by pouring plenty of emotion into their performances and being almost as much fun to watch as to hear.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press
“….a dazzling exhibition of chamber music playing at its best.”
“…we were mesmerized by the fabulous music making of these three fine musicians. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”
“It used to be the Beaux Arts Trio – especially after violinist Isidore Cohen joined pianist Menahem Pressler and cellist Bernard Greenhouse – that other piano trios had to look up to and attempt to emulate. Now it’s the Philip Setzer/David Finckel/Wu Han triumvirate that is the standard bearer.”
"In D.929, every Schubertian utterance was a living, breathing organism. The music-making is on a grand scale, fit for a large concert hall, alternately tender and gritty in timbre as the score suggests. Balances between strings and piano are superb, and the disc's crystalline sound quality favours utmost presence. The advantages of self-production - Wu Han and Finckel own and run the recording company ArtistLed - can be heard to sumptuous effect."
“The three ArtistLed musicians in collaboration….bring a decided exuberance and electric current to their performance, a realization both taut and scintillating at once. Philip Setzer’s violin carries a particularly lively aura, his tone a streamlined beam of light surrounded by Wu Han’s sparkling keyboard and the sumptuous cello of David Finckel.”
“Pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel seem to click into the intimate communication and artistic vision that helps unlock the real Schubert behind the incredible music.”
“The threesome gave brilliant and impassioned performances of two landmarks of the German piano-trio repertory.”
The Dallas Morning News