Jonathan Barlow formed the Massif Trio to perform his arrangements of German Lied for two guitars and voice. They were awarded two Recital of Distinction awards by the Lamont School of Music and were described as “one of the best we’ve heard in years” by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. In the summer of 2010 the Massif Trio signed with Azica Records and received a grant from The Allied Arts to record an album featuring Jonathan’s arrangements. Thier debut album Massif Trio plays Schumann, Schubert and Strauss is available worldwide and has been featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio with host Alison Young (KNOW-FM 91.1). ALL MUSIC GUIDE listed the CD as a “Significant New Classical Release” and reviewed it as “a masterful performance filled with keen musical insight, evocative text painting, and enticing sound quality (4.5 out of 5 stars).” The arrangements found on the album are published by Clear Note Publications.
“Massif Trio produces a masterful performance filled with keen musical insight, evocative text painting, and enticing sound quality.” Mike D. Brownell – ALL MUSIC GUIDE, CD review
“One of the best we’ve heard in years.” Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
“There have been a number of attempts to adapt the great Lieder cycles to the guitar or guitar duo. Jonathan Barlow’s version of Schumann’s Dichterliebe is the most successful that I have seen.” Jonathan Leathwood, Chair of the Guitar Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
“Lieder singing with guitar accompaniment (instead of a piano) is not a new idea but using two guitars instead of one may be a first.” American Record Guide, CD review