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Brahms: The Piano Trios

Magazine article Strings

Brahms: The Piano Trios

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Brahms: The Piano Trios

Tetzlaff Trio

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Pooling without compromise their very different musical sensibilities, phrasings, and sounds, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, and pianist Lars Vogt have taken the three standard Brahms piano trios and made them fresh and immediate again. At a time when performances tend to be either passionately romantic, or abstractedly deconstructionist, these lovely recordings capture the heart of the composer's deeply personal, intimate expressions.

On the surface, it sounds like it might result in something artificial or selfconscious, but the results are consistently illuminating, bringing an affectionate warmth to his Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 87, and finding an exquisite alpine serenity in Piano Trio No. 3, Op. …

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