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5.0 out of 5 stars Brahms speaking directly to us without interuption, 25 Nov. 2012
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brahms: Piano Trios (Audio CD)
This fine pair of discs contains the 3 piano trios curiously written at opposite ends of Brahms' life. Curious because the early Op.8 trio was well received but did not acquire a successor until Op 87 and finally Op. 101. All 3 trios give considerable musical satisfaction and are among, if not the best from that period.

As regards the performances they remind me of a comment concerning Wilhelm Kempff's Beethoven - 'it is as if Beethoven is speaking directly to us without any medium in between' and so it is with Brahms and these three fine and non self-seeking players. Angelich is the sort of Brahms player who is able to give us a deeply committed viewpoint without ever becoming didactic. The music is always able to flow naturally and effortlessly yet equally avoids just skating along the musical surface. This is a very winning combination of course. Much the same characteristics can be found in the playing of the Capucon brothers and, as a trio, this makes a very rewarding combination.

There have been other fine performances of this repertoire of course but at present this fine recording from 2003 has the advantage of superior recording quality as well as providing a richly involving experience. I would suggest therefore that this should be seriously considered by all collectors of this repertoire and that most purchasers will find that they will be rewarded with a very satisfying musical acquisition.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding chamber music disc, 30 Sept. 2009
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I would say this is one of my most favourite chamber music discs in my collection. The music is sublime and the playing is out of this world. As an amateur pianist, I am under no illusions how difficult this music is, but Angelich is on top form - with great delicacy even in the heaviest writing. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for its own sake, 30 Jun. 2011
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I agree with the BBC reviewer that this is some of the least self regarding playing I've heard in Brahms. They have clearly thought a lot about this music and go straight to its heart. The phrasing is detailed without in any way displacing or forcing the line, structure is lucid and emotion powerful: really exemplary chamber playing. The only recent Brahms chamber CD that is possibly better is the same musicians plus Gérard Caussé playing the piano quartets.
One bye the bye remark. The Capuçon brothers or Virgin need to hire better photographers and art directors. The covers and booklets on their discs are really horrible, with portraits that make them look idiots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 3 Mar. 2014
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Also recomend their brahms piano quartets. As good as this one. They are fully studied versions of brahms music. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tastefully mature vs Youthfully passionate?, 10 May 2014
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I feel very much the same about this release as I do about the Capucon's Schubert Trio set. It is beautifully played and musically shaped but lacking something in youthful vigour and passion, especially in the Op.8 Bmajor.
Compare this opening movement with the Dumay/Pires/Wang recording on DG and you will hear what I mean. They capture the romantic thrust of the young Brahms in a way that sounds to me to be right for fierceness of first love...life-enhancing and uplifting in a way the Capucon's fail to capture.
The DG disc only has the first two trios. If you require all three then I would recommend the Trio Wanderer on HM for warmer, fuller performances and superior sound. But you should really add the DG for the Bmajor trio alone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A family matter, 23 Nov. 2012
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To have close friend or family members (as here) playing chamber music is usually a bonus. The Capucon brothers are superb musicians and the feeling of unity in these performances is a great asset. Perhaps they are a little hesitant at times and Brahms needs to be played with great projection and warmth. Nevertheless a most enjoyable disc.
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