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Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1 - 4 / Eskar Trio

Brahms
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777642   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eskar Trio
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One can find no fault with the musicianship, sense of balance and exceptional musical expression of the Eskar Trio from Denmark. Founded in 1994, the Trio features Julie Eskær (violin), Emilie Eskær (cello) and Charlotte Thaning (piano). In these Brahms trios, they create a wonderful sense of ensemble within the form and content of each movement. Listening, I came to realize that they knew the dramatic surprises within each score and how best to bring them out without distorting the larger work as a whole. They also have an admirable sense of dynamics, with an understanding of not only the rhythmic flow but the meaning of each soft and loud passage. In short, these performances reveal much about the art and genius of Brahms. The hushed, Read more half-light quality in the scherzos in opus 8 and 101 as well as the sudden outbursts in the outer movements are fully realized in these performances. The Brahms Piano Trios are Romantic with a capital R and that romanticism also includes a multitude of introspective and imaginative moments. Don’t miss these performances on CPO. You’ll be richly rewarded. Highly recommended. – Greg La Traille, ArkivMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eskar Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854/1889; Germany 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eskar Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1882; Austria 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eskar Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings in A major by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eskar Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8: III. Adagio
Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8: IV. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101: I. Allegro energico
Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101: II. Presto non assai
Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101: III. Andante grazioso
Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101: IV. Allegro molto
Piano Trio No. 2 in C major Op. 87: I. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 2 in C major Op. 87: II. Andante con moto
Piano Trio No. 2 in C major Op. 87: III. Scherzo: Presto
Piano Trio No. 2 in C major Op. 87: IV. Finale: Allegro giocoso
Piano Trio in A major, Op. posth.: I. Moderato
Piano Trio in A major, Op. posth.: II. Vivace
Piano Trio in A major, Op. posth.: III. Lento
Piano Trio in A major, Op. posth.: IV. Presto

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