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Brahms: The Complete Piano Trios / Smetana Trio; Premysl Vojta, French horn; Ludmila Peterková, clarinet

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following on from the recording of the complete trios of Antonín Dvorák (Supraphon), the renowned and critically acclaimed Smetana Trio have taken the logical step of recording a Johannes Brahms album of the same ilk. As a pianist, Brahms earned admiration back in his childhood and later on many occasions even premiered his own pieces. Almost four decades span the first trio Brahms wrote, at the age of twenty, and the last. Besides piano trios in the traditional configuration, he composed a trio for horn and a trio for clarinet. The sound of the horn, an instrument Brahms himself played, was reputedly loved by the composer's mother and he wrote the horn trio as a response to her death. Brahms created the clarinet trio for the celebrated clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, whom the composer esteemed immensely. The Smetana Trio's guests on the new recording are the outstanding clarinetist Ludmila Peterková and the superlative horn player Premysl Vojta, winner of the ARD Munich competition (2010) and holder of a Beethoven Ring.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
I find the Smetana Trio generously offers everything. Compared to the warmth, expansive phrasing, and superb blend of sound supplied by the Smetana Trio, the Munich group's Brahms is at best. In all three trios recorded here, a shared sense of spontaneity. These musicians play as a single instrument and constantly reveal fresh conceptions of the music. Jitka Cechova plays with consistent warmth, producing a big, full sound without percussiveness. The clarinetist, Peterkova, displays a wonderful palette of tone color, as does Vojta, the French horn player. These are truly fresh performances of some of the best chamber music ever written.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Martínek Studio, Prague.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Running Time: 19 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Running Time: 27 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880-1882

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
  • Performer: Ludmila Peterková (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Running Time: 23 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Running Time: 36 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40
  • Performer: Premysl Vojta (French Horn)
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Running Time: 28 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1865