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Brahms: The Complete Piano Trios / Trio Testore

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>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101
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Notes & Reviews:

Trio Testore, as part of its recording of the complete Brahms Piano Trios, presents both versions of the Trio in B major, Op. 8: the original version and the revised version which was made 35 years later and which, to a large extent, amounts to a new composition. Together, these works provide an exemplary impression of Brahms' development as a composer.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
This release of the Brahms piano trios is enhanced by the inclusion of both versions of his Opus 8, a great work that (along with the Schubert B-flat) I would nominate as Best Trio Ever. It was an early work (1854, when the composer was 21). The Trio Testore gets its name from the family of violin makers. The violin here was made by Carlo Antonio Testore in 1751, the cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in 1711. The group's violinist, Franziska Pietsch was most recently concertmaster of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and both pianist Hyun-Jung Kim-Schweiker and cellist Hans-Christian Schweiker teach at the Hochschule fnr Musik und Tanz in Cologne; the group was founded in 2000. From the first phrase of the Opus 8 I had a pretty good idea of what was coming. The theme, played by piano, is rendered with lots of subtle shadings and tugs at the rhythm, so I expected a warm, romantic reading. This approach is fine by me. The last trio (C minor, Opus 101) has lots of fire and excitement, as does the scherzo from the second trio (C major, Opus 87) The slow movement from Opus 8, one of the loveliest in all of Brahms, is beautifully done. The Trio Testore is more flowing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/17/2011-10/20/2011).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
  • Performer: Trio Testore [Piano Trio] (Trio)
  • Ensemble: Trio Testore
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/17/2011-10/20/2011)
  • Running Time: 86 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87
  • Performer: Trio Testore [Piano Trio] (Trio)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/17/2011-10/20/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880-1882

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
  • Performer: Trio Testore [Piano Trio] (Trio)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/17/2011-10/20/2011)
  • Running Time: 86 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101
  • Performer: Trio Testore [Piano Trio] (Trio)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/17/2011-10/20/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1886