Magazine article Czech Music

Johannes Brahms

Magazine article Czech Music

Johannes Brahms

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Piano Trios (vol. II)

Guarneri Trio Prague (Cenek Pavlik - violin, Marek Jerie - cello, Ivan Klansky - piano).

Production: not stated. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr. Recorded 2009 and 2010 in the hall of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Released 20ro. TT: 58:27. DSD. 1 CD Praga Digitals PRD/DSD 250 273 (distribution Classic).

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After a certain time gap the Guarneri Trio Prague have finally come up with the second (last) album of their set of the complete piano trios of Johannes Brahms. This top Czech ensemble has been maintaining its high standard and the longer the same musicians continue to play in the trio the more impressive its recordings have become. The trio repertoire can be played successfully by three soloists who have at least a little time to rehearse together - and this makes permanent ensembles all the rarer in this field. For three players of soloist quality to have played together for twenty-five years is most unusual and one more reason for noticing the recordings. What is more, this makes it possible to identify development in their interpretation of pieces that they have recorded more than once, for example the Trios of Antonin Dvorak. In the case of the Brahms trios they have chosen a more demanding path by including Brahms's early Trio in a major, op. posth. composed around 1850, where many ensembles and publishers of the "complete" Brahms trios have preferred to add a horn or clarinet trio instead. …

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