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Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch: Clarinet Trios / Ensemble Liaison

Beethoven / Brahms / Bruch / Ensemble Liason
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Tall Poppies   Catalog #: 217   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsMax Bruch
Performer:  David GriffithsTimothy YoungSvetlana Bogosavljevic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Liaison
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The jacket cover on Ensemble Liaison’s new recording shows the musicians floating on air. They have a similarly elevating effect on the trios for clarinet, cello and piano by Beethoven, Brahms and Bruch that constitute the disc’s repertoire.

Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat major, Op 11, begins at a frisky clip, its first-movement marking of Allegro con brio given full, fleet consideration. Clarinettist David Griffiths, cellist Svetlana Bogosavljevic and pianist Timothy Young emphasise the score’s Classicism, shaping the score with trim and tender assurance. The Adagio’s lyricism enjoys nuanced definition, and the ensemble manages to be both giddy and elegant in the finale’s buoyant variations.

As they do in the
Read more Beethoven, Griffiths and Bogosavljevic keep vibrato in check in Brahms’ Trio in A minor, Op 114, while applying ample warmth to the poetic writing. With Young maintaining sure balances, the performers sensitively limn the composer’s distinctive blend of Classical and Romantic elements. Their generous fire and propulsion in the last movement stand in contrast to the autumnal beauty and charm of the central movements.

Ensemble Liaison’s artistry is so attuned to animated and songful gestures that a listener may regret that only four of Bruch’s Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op 83, are offered here. Even so, the musicians are supremely refined – and controlled: listen to Griffiths’ exceptional command of soft dynamics – as they revel in the wistful, rapturous and proud writing.

So, would it be too much to ask they they perform the other half of the collection on their next disc?

-- Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone [1/2012]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Griffiths (Clarinet), Timothy Young (Piano), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Liaison
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  David Griffiths (Clarinet), Timothy Young (Piano), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Liaison
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
3.
Pieces (8) for Clarinet, Viola/Cello and Piano, Op. 83: no 6 in G minor by Max Bruch
Performer:  David Griffiths (Clarinet), Timothy Young (Piano), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Liaison
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 
4.
Pieces (8) for Clarinet, Viola/Cello and Piano, Op. 83: no 3 in C sharp minor, Andante con moto by Max Bruch
Performer:  David Griffiths (Clarinet), Timothy Young (Piano), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Liaison
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 
5.
Pieces (8) for Clarinet, Viola/Cello and Piano, Op. 83: no 2 in B minor, Allegro con moto by Max Bruch
Performer:  David Griffiths (Clarinet), Timothy Young (Piano), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Liaison
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 
6.
Pieces (8) for Clarinet, Viola/Cello and Piano, Op. 83: no 1 in A minor, Andante by Max Bruch
Performer:  David Griffiths (Clarinet), Timothy Young (Piano), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Liaison
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 

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