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Brahms: Clarinet Trio, Cello Sonatas / Collins, Watkins, Brown

Brahms / Collins / Watkins / Brown
Release Date: 07/29/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10825   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ian BrownPaul WatkinsMichael Collins
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By stretching and releasing phrases without corrupting the basic pulse, lightening or darkening notes without damaging timbres, Collins shares with his colleagues an individual impulse to the music. A penetrating interpretation.

– Gramophone

This is one of those rare discs that surprises as much as it delights... There are many great performances of these sonatas, but I cannot recall a set of such flexibility and nuance or of such generous interplay between equals. Watkins and Brown take their time. Nothing is rushed. Everything is expressive.

– MusicWeb International
By stretching and releasing phrases without corrupting the basic pulse, lightening or darkening notes without damaging timbres, Collins shares with his colleagues an individual impulse to the music. A penetrating interpretation.

– Gramophone

This is one of those rare discs that surprises as much as it delights... There are many great performances of these sonatas, but I cannot recall a set of such flexibility and nuance or of such generous interplay between equals. Watkins and Brown take their time. Nothing is rushed. Everything is expressive.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Paul Watkins (Cello), Michael Collins (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Watkins (Cello), Ian Brown (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Watkins (Cello), Ian Brown (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1865; Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Acceptable chamber music from Collins, Watkins, a September 1, 2014 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "This recording consists of Brahm’s Cello Sonatas No’s 1 and 2, bookending his well known Clarinet Trio. Cello Sonata No 1 (Op. 38) begins the disc, and Mr. Watkins cello playing is warm and expressive, particularly in the second movement. Ian Brown’s piano accompanies, but it seems somehow disconnected – it is played well, but there doesn’t seem to be the synergy between the two instrumentalists that would really make this piece stand out. The Clarinet Trio (Op. 114), fares much better, as the second movement really brings out the best amidst the performers, each feeding off the other and working together to bring just the right emotional undertone to the listener. This is perfect music to listen to on a rainy evening, and Mr. Collins clarinet is wonderful tonic after a long week. The third movement is similarly satisfying, the interplay between the soloists seeming effortless and sensitive. Cello Sonata No. 2 is much the same as the first. It is well played, but there is an emotional component that is missing, which is a real shame because this particular sonata is incredibly moving when all of the musical elements come together. But it falls inexplicably short in a difficult to quantify way. This CD was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The recording quality is wonderful, and the several pages of liner notes are informative. But (and perhaps I am being too picky here, having heard incredible Brahms performed 8 feet in front of me) with the exception of the Clarinet Trio there is something lacking. Had I not heard better in person, I would have been very pleased with this recording – as it is, it is acceptable but not heart-stopping." Report Abuse
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