Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2, etc.

Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2, etc.

by Eroica Trio
     
 

Having proven their mettle with well-received albums of adventurous repertoire, including Baroque, Pasión, and others, the Eroica Trio take a stab at the heart of the Romantic era with this top-notch recording featuring two of Johannes Brahms's piano trios. The first work, the B Major Trio, Op.See more details below

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Having proven their mettle with well-received albums of adventurous repertoire, including Baroque, Pasión, and others, the Eroica Trio take a stab at the heart of the Romantic era with this top-notch recording featuring two of Johannes Brahms's piano trios. The first work, the B Major Trio, Op. 8, was initially written in 1854, when Brahms was only 21, and was his first published piece of chamber music. But Brahms was an exacting craftsman, and in his twilight years, the youthful Op. 8 no longer passed muster. It underwent a ruthless revision in 1890, seven years before the composer's death, and in the process was transformed from a good work into a great one. He left the first few measures untouched, however, and one can understand why: The expansive opening melody is ineffably beautiful, with each instrument taking its turn in layered entrances -- piano, cello, violin. And listening to Eroica play the passage, one marvels at the way they allow the theme to unfold with unaffected elegance and grace -- in comparison to the Beaux Arts Trio's classic account, where the playing seems relatively fragile and less fluid. Nearly 30 years passed between the birth of Op. 8 and Brahms's next attempt at a piano trio, the C Major Trio, Op. 87, of 1882, which is the companion piece here. Not surprisingly, the C Major Trio is the more mature and grander of the two, and it certainly has its share of gorgeous moments as well. Eroica's performance is equally warm and rich, with luxurious, full textures and sweeping melodies. Two arrangements of short Brahms pieces by the trio's cellist, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, round out the program on the lighter side. A Hungarian Dance adds a touch of Gypsy fire, and "Wegenlied" (the famous Lullaby) closes the disc with exquisite tenderness. They are attractive encores to this fine release -- one that will only enhance the growing reputation of this up-and-coming and gifted trio.

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Gramophone - Joan Chissell
The Eroica Trio play these...piano trios with an abundance of emotion capable of melting a stone.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724355719928
catalogNumber:
57199
Rank:
82548

Tracks

  1. Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8  - Johannes Brahms  -  Eroica Trio  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  2. Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87  - Johannes Brahms  -  Eroica Trio  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  3. Hungarian Dances (21) for piano, 4 hands (or piano solo or orchestra), WoO 1: No. 6 in D major - arranged for piano trio by Sara Sant'Ambrogio  - Johannes Brahms  -  Eroica Trio  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  4. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 - arranged for piano trio by Sara Sant'Ambrogio  - Johannes Brahms  -  Eroica Trio  - Jessica Novod Berenblat

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