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Brahms: Trio in B major, Op. 8; Smetana: Trio in G minor, Op. 15 / Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
>Smetana, Bedrich : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, JB 1
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Combining the talents of three award-winning soloists, the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio was hailed by The New York Times as "Three strong voices, locked in sequence." The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio was founded in 2001 (originally as Sequenza Trio), and has presented concerts throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, with appearances at The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Princeton, UCLA, Indiana and Oxford Universities, Tel-Aviv Museum, and for the Chamber Music Societies of Edinburgh, Santander among numerous others. The Trio is known for its performances of Beethoven's complete cycle of works for Piano Trio, as well as for their commitment to new compositions. This CD of Brahms and Smetana trios is the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio's first full recording for Bridge Records. Previously, Bridge issued the Trio's recording of Paul Chihara's "Ain't No Sunshine" (BDG 9267).

"The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio brings a fresh sense of spontaneity and fluidity to their performances of both these great piano trios. Each of the Trio's members are established and successful solo performers in their own right, yet when playing together there's a true sense of unity and collaboration. A single musical vision is put forth. A great deal of tempo fluctuation finds its way into these performances, but this is done in a very natural, organic way that is neither jarring nor indulgent. Their sound is rich and meaty, well-balanced between the strings and piano, and nicely matched for timbre." -All Music Guide


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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
  • Ensemble: Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio
  • Running Time: 37 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Smetana, Bedrich : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, JB 1 :: 64 (Op. 15)
  • Ensemble: Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio
  • Running Time: 28 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1855