Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Piano Trios-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Piano Trios-No 1

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Brahms

Piano Trios--No 1, Op 8 (revised version); No 2, Op 87; No 3, Op 101

Christian Tetzlaff vn Tanja Tetzlaff vc Lars Vogt pf

Ondine (B)(2) ODE1271-2D (82' * DDD)

Brahms's three piano trios make an obvious programme for disc, even if, played one after the other, there's just slightly too much music to fit on a single CD. No matter, however, when enterprising companies such as Ondine offer the two discs for the price of one; but wouldn't it have been better to have an extra piece and another half-hour or so of the Tetzlaffs' and Vogt's marvellous musicianship?

Never mind, as these are truly admirable performances. Disc 1 contains the Second and Third Trios, while the First sits alone on disc 2. So you can play them in chronological order simply enough, although it's instructive to be introduced to these performances via the more ebullient sound world of the Second, with the First, the most popular of the three, to close the programme. These players have been performing together for a long time--the string players, naturally, since childhood and much in evidence is that telepathy that passes between musicians comfortable in each other's company. Think back, for example, to Christian TetzlafPs Schumann violin sonatas with Vogt (1/14) and the fervour of concentration and musical consideration that was so clearly evident in those performances. …

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