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Brahms: The Complete Piano Trios / Smetana Trio


Release Date: 11/27/2012 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4072   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Premysl VojtaLudmila Peterková
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smetana Trio
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded at the Martínek Studio, Prague, June 2011 (Trios Nos 2&3, Clarinet Trio) and June 2012 (Trio No. 1, Horn Trio).

Following on from the recording of the complete trios of Antonín Dvorák (Supraphon), the renowned and critically acclaimed Smetana Trio have taken the logical step of recording a Johannes Brahms album of the same ilk. As a pianist, Brahms earned admiration back in his childhood and later on many occasions even premiered his own pieces. Almost four decades span the first trio Brahms wrote, at the age of twenty, and the last. Besides piano trios in the traditional configuration, he composed a trio for horn and a trio for clarinet. The sound of the horn, an instrument Brahms himself
Read more played, was reputedly loved by the composer’s mother and he wrote the horn trio as a response to her death. Brahms created the clarinet trio for the celebrated clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, whom the composer esteemed immensely. The Smetana Trio’s guests on the new recording are the outstanding clarinettist Ludmila Peterková and the superlative horn player Premysl Vojta, winner of the ARD Munich competition (2010) and holder of a Beethoven Ring.
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Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smetana Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smetana Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1882; Austria 
3. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smetana Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854/1889; Germany 
4. Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Premysl Vojta (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smetana Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
5. Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ludmila Peterková (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smetana Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 

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