Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

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Heartfelt - Romantic Works for Horn

Heartfelt - Romantic Works for Horn


Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Mathieu van Bellen (violin)

Pilss:

Three Pieces in the Form of a Sonata for Horn and Piano

Schubert:

Auf dem Strom, D943, Op. post. 119

Karin Strobos (mezzo)

Schumann:

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70


Rob van de Laar (horn), Thomas Beijer (piano)

The young Dutch horn player Rob van de Laar, Principal Horn of the Mozarteum Salzburg, has just been awarded the Dutch Music Prize, The Netherlands’ highest state accolade in classical music. He makes his solo recording debut with ‘Heartfelt’ on Challenge Classics, an SACD of Romantic music by Brahms, Schumann, Schubert and the little-known Austrian composer Karl Pilss.

The disc opens with two of the great pieces of the German Romanticism for Horn. Brahms’ Horn Trio was composed in 1865, during a peaceful summer at Clara Schumann’s house in the Black Forest. Schumann wrote his Adagio and Allegro in 1849, one of a series of miniatures for different solo instruments and piano that he composed that year in Dresden. Schumann was among the first to explore the expanded possibilities offered by the new valve horn.

Schubert wrote his song ‘Auf dem Strom’ in 1828, the final year of his short life, to a text by Ludwig Rellstab. It was composed for a concert, at the Vienna Musikverein, marking the first anniversary of the death of Ludwig van Beethoven on 26 March. Schubert, who was a great admirer of Beethoven, saw his opportunity to compose a special song as an ode to the master, adding a dazzling part for the French horn.

The Viennese composer Karl Pilss (1902-1979) is perhaps best known among brass players, having written concertos for trumpet, horn and bass trombone, as well as a number of works for brass ensemble. The influences of Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and his composition teacher Franz Schmidt can be clearly heard in his music. The ‘Tre pezzi in forma di sonata’ date from 1924.

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Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music

Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music


Brahms:

Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b

Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'

String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18

String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36


This release is set to cause quite a stir in a number of ways: It is the first-ever complete video release of Brahms’s chamber music and most of the films presented here are so far unpublished. Moreover, the 15 hours of SD-quality video material presented here on a single Blu-ray disc are equivalent to about eight standard DVD releases. This edition features great performances by today’s most outstanding artists showcasing their thrilling artistry in inimitable performances. A must for any Brahms aficionado.

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Running time: 938 mins

Production years: 1962-1997

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Brahms: Horn Trio Op. 40, Violin Sonata Op. 78 & Fantasies Op. 116

Brahms: Horn Trio Op. 40, Violin Sonata Op. 78 & Fantasies Op. 116


Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Teunis van der Zwart (natural horn), Isabelle Faust (violin)

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116


Brahms was especially fond of the sound of the natural horn, which he saw as the embodiment of Romantic lyricism. Although the valve horn had begun to replace it in the early 19th century, it was for the older instrument, the Waldhorn, that he wrote his Trio Op.40, today still the summit of the repertoire for its unusual forces. Here three young musicians attempted to reconstruct the trio’s original sound as precisely as possible, with conspicuous success!

“Two favourite Brahms chamber works, the Horn Trio and the finest of the violin sonatas, plus one of the late sets of piano pieces, make a desirable selection…the natural horn’s tone is pleasingly dark and soft-grained…[though] the trio’s balance disadvantages Faust’s lovely playing” Sunday Times, 24/01/2016

“This is a fabulous recording, blessed by the rich, rounded horn tone of Teunis van der Zwart on his 1845 natural horn. He eases the music in with glorious warmth and, when he reaches the gallop of the finale, his speed and articulation are staggering. Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, superlative in the Trio, also shine in the First Violin Sonata, with Faust’s tone gleaming on her Strad and Melnikov, throughout the opus 116 Fantasies, in total command of the music’s extremes of volatility and stillness.” Herald Scotland, 11th March 2016

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Brahms: The Complete Trios

Brahms: The Complete Trios


Brahms:

Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Stephen Stirling (horn)

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Richard Hosford (clarinet)


Here are all of Brahms’s Trios assembled on one album. The three Piano Trios date from the extremes of the composer’s life—Opus 8 from 1853/4 when he was about twenty years old (though here performed in its revised version of 1889), and Opus 101 from 1886, written when he was fifty-three. The Clarinet Trio was one of his very last works, written for the clarinettist who also inspired the Clarinet Quintet and the two Opus 120 Sonatas, Richard Mühlfeld. The marvellous Horn Trio is a middle-period work, composed when the composer was in his early thirties. The five works are presented chronologically and all are immaculately played by the acclaimed Florestan Trio.

“A clear first recommendation for any of the five works. I find these fully the equal of any other versions of any of the trios in the catalogs, whether by present-day or ‘golden age’ performers. Wonderful music-making” Fanfare

“These are very desirable recordings … enriching performances that make one aware of Brahms’s stature first and the superb musicianship of the executants second—which is exactly as it should be!” Gramophone Magazine

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Brahms: Chamber Music

Brahms: Chamber Music


Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

András Schiff (piano), Peter Schmidl (clarinet) & Friedrich Dolezal (cello)

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

András Schiff (piano), Günther Högner (horn) & Erich Binder (violin)

Variations on a theme by Schumann for four hands, Op. 23

András Schiff (piano) & Sir Georg Solti (piano)

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

András Schiff (piano)

Takács Quartet

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Peter Schmidl (clarinet)

Members of the New Vienna Octet


This collection of five of Brahms’s chamber music masterpieces includes four with piano and all of these feature the supreme artistry of András Schiff. Both the quintets – for clarinet and for piano – are included; the recording of the Clarinet Quintet with Peter Schmidl with members of the New Vienna Octet, receives its first release on CD. The rarest of the chamber works on this collection is the set of Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann. Composed in 1854 for piano four-hands, Brahms’s biographer Malcolm MacDonald called it a ‘special act of solace’ for Clara Schumann, to whom they were dedicated. In fact, the title page reads, ‘Minor Variations on a Theme by Him, Dedicated to Her’. Here, Schiff is joined by his Hungarian compatriot Sir Georg Solti, at the piano. Also representing Hungary on this collection is the Takács Quartet.

“glowing piano and string tone” Gramophone Magazine (Piano Quintet)

“the sonority remains warm and full, and in the clarinet trio balance could scarcely be bettered. It would certainly be hard to imagine lovelier reproduction of Dolezal’s burnished cello … the atmosphere is seductively Viennese, warm and relaxed … The sound and balance seems to me, virtually ideal” Gramophone Magazine (Clarinet & Horn Trios)

“The eloquent soaring clarinet line of the openingphrase immediately sets the seal on what is to be a passionately committed reading throughout […] the element of nostalgia is not missing, with the Adagio tenderly eloquent from clarinet and strings alike.” Gramophone Magazine, October 1981 (Clarinet Quintet)

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Brahms: The Complete Piano Trios

Brahms: The Complete Piano Trios


Brahms:

Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Ludmila Peterková (clarinet)

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Přemysl Vojta (french horn)


Smetana Trio

New CD from BBC Music Magazine Award Winning Smetana Trio.

Following on from the recording of the complete trios of Antonin Dvořak (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 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 Muhlfeld, whom the composer esteemed immensely.

The Smetana Trio’s guests on the new recording are the outstanding clarinettist Ludmila Peterkova and the superlative horn player Přemysl Vojta, winner of the ARD Munich competition (2010) and holder of a Beethoven Ring. Brahms with the tenderness and engrossing romantic expressiveness of the Smetana Trio.

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

“Overall, these musicians have an especially strong and fine sense of line. The Horn Trio is full of echt-Romantic vistas and half-lights...The Clarinet Trio is a revelation: not at all the austere, reserved piece it often seems, but deeply poetic and full of late autumnal colours.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 ****

“there is spontaneous engagement with the music and such a heroic sweep to the playing...(Peterkova's clarinet playing in the Op. 114 Trio is absolutely magical)...The Smetana Trio is thus at or near the top of my short-list of relatively recent recordings of these glorious works.” International Record Review, May 2013

“What the Smetana may lack in polish they make up for in exciting raw edged playing. This rather sets them apart from other ensembles.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

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Mozart, Weber & Brahms - Chamber Music

Mozart, Weber & Brahms - Chamber Music


Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Mozart:

Clarinet Trio in E flat major, K498 "Kegelstatt-Trio"

Weber:

Trio in G minor for flute, cello & piano, Op. 63, J259


Two slimmer works of Austro-German chamber repertoire - Mozart's popular 'Kegelstatt' (skittles) Trio and Weber's lesser known but quite virtuoso Flute Trio preface Brahms's magnificent Horn Trio on these rare L'Oiseau-Lyre recordings from The Melos Ensemble. All represent first releases on CD.

"(Mozart) ...a very satisfying performance of the Mozart Clarinet Trio... warranting the very strongest recommendation." Gramophone.

"(Weber) ... when it is played as beautifully as it is here it will certainly find admirers." Gramophone.

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Brahms: Clarinet Trio & Horn Trio

Brahms: Clarinet Trio & Horn Trio


Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40


Andras Schiff (piano)

Members of the New Vienna Octet

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Brahms: The Complete Trios

Brahms: The Complete Trios


Brahms:

Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Beaux Arts Trio

Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87

Beaux Arts Trio

Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101

Beaux Arts Trio

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

György Sebök, Arthur Grumiaux & Francis Orval

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

George Pieterson, Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler & Bernard Greenhouse


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Petrof Piano Trio play Schumann & Brahms

Petrof Piano Trio play Schumann & Brahms


Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

arr. for piano trio by Johannes Brahms

Schumann:

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63

Studies (6) in Canonic Form, Op. 56

arr. for piano trio by Theodor Kirchner

Abendlied (No. 12 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

arr for piano trio by Johan S Svendsen


Petrof Piano Trio

Petrof Piano Trio is one of the best Czech ensembles in chamber music and this trio is resident with the famous Petrof company, which has been producing quality pianos for almost two centuries. Violinist Jan Schulmeister, leader of the trio, is the excellent violinist and pedagogue, inter alia, the member of the Wihan Quartet. The recording includes works of German romantic music and interesting arrangements of works by Robert Schumann.

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