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Brahms * Bruch * Schubert: Brahms Trio

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms * Bruch * Schubert: Brahms Trio

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Brahms * Bruch * Schubert Brahms Trio, Op 40 Bruch Eight Pieces, Op 83 Schubert Notturno, D897 Natalia Lomeiko vn Yuri Zhislin va Ivan Martin pf Orchid (F) 0RC100098 (76' * DDD)

Brahms Clarinet Trio, Op 114 (a). Two Clarinet Sonatas, Op 120 (b) Joseph Shiner cl (a) Yoanna Prodanova vc Somi Kim of Orchid (F) ORC100099 (65' * DDD)

The canon is dead, we're told. And yet week in, week out, they keep coming: new recordings of supposed warhorses by superb young musicians from around the world, all still apparently driven--in a world of limitless musical possibilities--by a heartfelt desire to engage with what all these dead white European males have to say. Perhaps Orchid Classics didn't get the memo. Anyway, here in short order come two recitals of often-recorded classics, each bringing something fresh to the table. Indeed, the first of the pair goes to the extent of recording alternate versions of the original works, so strongly are these artists drawn to this music.

That's the disc by Natalia Lomeiko, Yuri Zhislin and Ivan Martin. I'm not entirely convinced that Brahms's Horn Trio gains much by being played on a viola (Brahms's own dismissal of the modern valve horn as a 'brass viola' suggests that he wasn't either), and in the first and third movements, in particular, you really need that sense of human breath, with its organic fade and dying fall. The same might be said of Bruch's infinitely more lightweight Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, particularly in the 'Romanian' fifth piece, where Bruch leans so heavily on folk colour. …

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