The two Brahms trios recorded here are among the priceless treasures of his chamber music oeuvre, and this rendering by prominent members of the Consortium Classicum (and the unforgotten Dieter Klöcker) is in every day worthy of the originals, in all their emotional depth and compositional-technical geniality.
Brahm’s Horn Trio op. 40 is in a way a true confession of his love for the horn, his favourite instrument next to the piano. The elegiac horn trio expresses the sorrow felt by the thirty-two-year-old composer. And, as we all know, the early years of the Hamburg native have entitled him to more than his share of Weltschmerz.
His own worst
Critic Artistic genius and critical acuity are two separate things. Brahms often seems to have been his own worst critic, or perhaps he was just being modest. He did not take his „Four Serious Songs“ very seriously and regarded his fascinating Clarinet Trio op. 114 as a stupid venture. That at least is what he told Richard Mühlfeld, the greatest clarinetist of his times.
A musical Heavyweight
Needless to say, Brahms was alone in his negative assessment of his compositional efforts. His contemporaries reacted to the intellectual and spiritual depth of his works with nothing less than reverent awe. His earliest works established his reputation as a musical heavyweight, and in his old age he went on to set new precedents in the field of clarinet chamber music. The climax of this development: the Clarinet Trio op. 114.
Here the clarinetist Dieter Klöcker, pianist Claudius Tanski, and hornist Sebastian Weigle team up with the violoncellist Christoph Henkel and the violinist Wolf-Dieter Streicher to offer the sort of standardsetting Brahms interpretation only superb artistic talent and the finest experience in the field of chamber performance can bring. So a re-release of this recording is nothing but imperative.
“Admirably precise and well-balanced playing. Recommended” (Fanfare)
„Exuberante momenten.“ (Luister)