Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2; Clarinet Trio

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26
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Notes & Reviews:

This release completes the Nash Ensemble's survey of the Brahms piano quartets. The group's recording of the first and third quartets garnered broad critical acclaim. By the time Brahms wrote his Clarinet Trio in 1891, he was a very well-known composer and musician. The trio, as well as the later clarinet quintet and solo sonatas, was written for and inspired by the great clarinetist Richard Muhlfeld, much in the way Mozart wrote for Anton Stadler. Brahms's second Piano Quartet is massive in scale. It is one of the true masterpieces of the period, rich in melodic content and complex thematic development.

Sunday Times
The playing, by Richard Hosford (clarinet), Paul Watkins (cello) and Ian Brown (piano), does...ample justice to the work's passionate melancholy...The splendid performance of the piano quartet shows the young Brahms's intellectual power and melodic abundance to magnificent advantage.

The Observer
An account of an early performance of the Trio said it was "as though the instruments were in love with one another" - which could equally fit this recording of the Piano Quartet No 2, such is the effortless mastery of the Nash Ensemble.

BBC Music Magazine
These are beautifully expressive, thoughtful performances of two unalloyed masterpieces, presented with all the sonic excellence and distinction that we've come to expect from Onyx's series of recording with the Nash Ensemble...The middle movements especially strike me as outstanding, with a wonderful sense of regret and melancholy in the Adagio.

Gramophone Magazine
[this] new recording keeps its wilder emotions suppressed, ever simmering under the surface. It's an approach that works well in late Brahms, especially when the playing is as classy as this: listen to the swirling pianissimo scales that close the first movement - breathtaking.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Menuhin Hall, Menuhin School, Cobham, Surry (2009-07-13&2009-07-15_2009-).



Reviews

Nash Ensemble continue to Dazzle with Brahms
This is an impressive addition to the Nash Ensemble’s growing catalogue of Brahms recordings. And as with their recording of the String Sextets, and of the First and Third Piano Quartets, a real sense of collective endeavour permeates these performances. You really get the impression that the works are being played as chamber music: passionate without being histrionic, precisely coordinated but with freely expressive solo lines, and balanced to give each player equal prominence. Read the full review at: http://www.classical-cd-reviews.com/2010/05/brahms-piano-quartet-no-2-clarinet-trio.html
Submitted on 06/23/10 by Gavin Dixon 
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>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
  • Performers: Richard Hosford (Clarinet); Ian Brown (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Menuhin School, Cobham, Surry (2009-07-13&2009-07-15_2009-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Ian Brown (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Menuhin School, Cobham, Surry (2009-07-13&2009-07-15_2009-)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861