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Brahms: Clarinet Trio, Cello Sonatas / Collins, Watkins

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

“The late sonata’s expansive mood and grand sonorities have made it the more popular of the two – it was a favorite of Casals. Yet the melancholy early work doesn’t deserve its comparative neglect. Nor does the Clarinet Trio, as this expressive performance by three of Britain’s finest musicians reminds us.” – Sunday Times (London)

"Collins, Watkins, and Brown play as a proper, instinctive ensemble, well tailored in phrasing, unanimous in their attack and architectural finesse, and mellifluous in their shaping of Brahms’s melodic and harmonic richness.” – The Telegraph (UK)
“The late sonata’s expansive mood and grand sonorities have made it the more popular of the two – it was a favorite of Casals. Yet the melancholy early work doesn’t deserve its comparative neglect. Nor does the Clarinet Trio, as this expressive performance by three of Britain’s finest musicians reminds us.” – Sunday Times (London)

"Collins, Watkins, and Brown play as a proper, instinctive ensemble, well tailored in phrasing, unanimous in their attack and architectural finesse, and mellifluous in their shaping of Brahms’s melodic and harmonic richness.” – The Telegraph (UK) 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 

Sound Samples

Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro non troppo
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: II. Allegretto quasi menuetto
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: III. Allegro
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: I. Allegro
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: II. Adagio
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: III. Andantino grazioso
Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: IV. Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: I. Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: II. Adagio affettuoso
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: III. Allegro passionato
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: IV. Allegro molto

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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