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gut-wrenchingly and heart-meltingly gorgeous
on 23 May 2011
In all honesty, these performances by the Beaux Arts Trio are simply stunning. Each player brings a wealth of virtuosity to the fore - a definitive example of Gestalt - the whole is definitely worth more than the sum of its parts. These pieces are pure Brahms - the true bridger of the Classical and Romantic traditions. And proof also, if proof be needed, that Brahms was ever more comfortable with chamber emsembles than with others. The opening piece, Piano Trio in B flat major, has the capacity to melt the stoniest of hearts. And it doesn't stop there. Prepare your guts, for they will be wrenched.
Needless to say, the Beaux Arts Trio pull out all the stops. They cannot do any wrong. I dispute the earlier review. I have listened to the Horn Trio, following the score. I cannot find any "fluffed" notes. In fact, my admiration of the player is increased. The horn in E flat is notoriously difficult to play, yet here the tone is mellow, the notes are sustained, the pitch is accurate, and the interpretation is spot-on. Listen with your own ears and see if I'm wrong.
I haven't heard any other recordings of Brahms' trios, but after this, I'm not even sure I want to.