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Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet Op. 60; Piano Trio Op. 8 / Trio Wanderer, Christophe Gaugué, viola

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed for its extraordinarily sensitive style, almost telepathic understanding of each other and technical mastery, the Trio Wanderer is one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles. This program contains Brahms's Piano Trio No.1 and Piano Quartet No.3. Composed during 1854 and revised in 1889, the first trio is the only work by Brahms to exist in two published versions. Here, Trio Wanderer treats us to the rarely heard original score. The Piano Quartet No.3, sometimes called the Werther Quartet, is scored for violin, viola, cello and piano. For this performance, Trio Wanderer is joined by violist Christophe Gaugué.

The Guardian, 31st January 2016
Extremely lively and incisive.

CD Review, 23rd January 2016
I'm liking here the qualities that always attracted me to their performances of Brahms' piano trios; an essential elegance, a lightness of touch and tone, that's an immediate corrective to ideas of overweight Brahms.

The Independent, 24th January 2016
The French Trio Wanderer air this youthful rarity and explore all its Brahmsian hallmarks, coupling it with the Piano Quartet of 1875, 20 years in the making, with viola player Christophe GauguT enriching the mix of happiness and heartache.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
Violinist Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian offers playing that alternates sweetness of tone with bite, and cellist Rapahel Pidoux is able to sing out his lines with passion or dig deep into his earthy resonant lower register as required. Pianist Vincent Coq underpins it all with playing that is forthright but never overbearing... high-quality Brahms playing, highly recommended.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2016
The Trio Wanderer and GauguT give both pieces straightforward, strong-spined, no-nonsense performances, though fuller tone and some expansion of emotional engagement at both extremities would perhaps have benefitted the total result.

Classical Ear, 22nd March 2016
I find that Trio Wanderer and violist Christophe GauguT - whose warmth of tone integrates well with that of his partners - offer a thoroughly recommendable interpretation of the Piano Quartet, Op 60. The intimacy of the writing is beautifully realised with experienced musicality, allowing the work's inner sense of chiaroscuro to be fully appreciated. Harmonia Mundi's natural recording acoustic seals an impressive release that I shall return to often.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
I came across the Wanderer Trio about a decade ago with their recording of the standard three Brahms trios and the first piano quartet (N/D 2006). Then I admired their expertise in ensemble, intonation, and so forth. I admired their work. I sense the same quality here, particularly in the opening movement of the trio. The chief factor in a purchase decision.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (01/2015).


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>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
  • Performer: Christophe Gaugué (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Trio Wanderer
  • Running Time: 41 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60
  • Performer: Christophe Gaugué (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Trio Wanderer
  • Running Time: 32 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1875