Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Cello Sonatas-No 1, Op 38

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Cello Sonatas-No 1, Op 38

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Brahms

Cello Sonatas--No 1, Op 38; No 2, Op 99.

Clarinet Trio, Op 114 (a)

Opltelie Gaillard vc (a) Fablo Dl Casola cl

Louis Schwizgebel-Wang pf

A parte [F] AP053 (75' * DDD)

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Gaillard and her Goffriller turn to intimate Brahms

Ophelie Gaillard has always displayed an extraordinary palette of colours and these come alive more than ever on this recording of Brahms's two cello sonatas and the Clarinet Trio. One of her strengths lies in her unobtrusive but deliberate phrasing (aided by the magnificently resonant Goffriller cello she plays), which makes sense of the music without labouring it. She demonstrated the power of this approach with great skill in her elegant second recording of the Bach Cello Suites (9/11) but now exhibits it in Brahms's sonatas.

Gaillard is no stranger to heavier works but the voyage into earlier repertoire since her last such disc (aside from last year's recording of the Schumann Concerto) seems to have informed her playing with even more subdety than before. …

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