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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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