Brahms - Piano Quartet Op.60, Piano Trio Op.8 | Harmonia Mundi HMC902222

Brahms - Piano Quartet Op.60, Piano Trio Op.8


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902222

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd January 2016



Christophe Gaugue (viola)
Trio Wanderer


Brahms, Johannes

Piano Quartet no.3 in C minor, op.60
Piano Trio no.1 in B major, op.8


Christophe Gaugue (viola)
Trio Wanderer


Brahms almost completely rewrote his Trio Op.8 35 years after its first performance – yet the rarely performed original version (recorded here) is a splendid example of the impetuous, fantastical universe of the young composer. Similarly, his intense self-criticism meant it took him 19 years to produce the definitive version of his Piano Quartet Op.60, perhaps the freest and most intimate of his three works for these forces.

The Trio Wanderer's Complete Piano Trios of Brahms [HMC901915/16] was a Daily Telegraph CD of the Week: “A superb Brahms recital”, said Richard Wigmore, and Stephen Johnson in BBC Music Magazine opined: “This is some of the most elegant playing I have heard in Brahms’s chamber music…superb playing.”


Violinist Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian offers playing that alternates sweetness of tone with bite, and cellist Rapahel Pidoux is able to sing out his lines with passion or dig deep into his earthy resonant lower register as required. Pianist Vincent Coq underpins it all with playing that is forthright but never overbearing, and harmonia mundi’s engineering is luxurious … High quality Brahms playing, highly recommended.  Hugo Shirley
Gramophone March 2016

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