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Brahms Piano Trios

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Guys,

This is going to sound a bit odd but I have just discovered that I do not have any of Brahms' Piano Trios.  Who should I go for?  Any recommendations?  (CD, SACD, Hi-Res, DSD, Vinyl all ok.)

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Hyperion offer a complete 'set' of Trios as a single download. Could be an easy and reasonably cheap place to start?

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio performances are highly rated (start with the Koch International Classics 7684 CD released in 2008). 

On CD, I have the 'Eroica Trio' "Brahms: Trios Nos. 1 & 2" (Opus 8 & 87) on EMI / Angel Records (available from Amazon). I don't listen to it much, but it's pretty good. It also includes Hungarian Dance No. 6 and Wiegenlied (Op49/4). (not to be confused with Herr Beethovens No.3, of course!)

I also have Op87/I-IV performed by Gary Graffman, Berl Senofsky and Shirley Trepel (piano/violin/cello) as a download from HDTT (High Definition Tape Transfers). It appears to have been part of a bundle with a Shostakovich performance but I don't have the other recordings.

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I'm not a great fan of Brahms' chamber music, but I quite enjoy the Fontenay Trio on Warner.  They 'go for it' a bit, as opposed to the warmer and more luxuriantly laidback approach of, say, the Beaux Arts Trio.

I'd be interested to hear a performance using a period piano - I suspect that the lighter / leaner textures would suit the music better.
Anyone know of such a recording?

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19 hours ago, gjm said:

Hyperion offer a complete 'set' of Trios as a single download. Could be an easy and reasonably cheap place to start?

Thanks Graham, I am giving that a go.  I feel a bit like that pop-art of a woman clutching her forehead saying "I can't believe it, I forgot to have children"

 

15 hours ago, JANDL100 said:

I'm not a great fan of Brahms' chamber music, but I quite enjoy the Fontenay Trio on Warner.  They 'go for it' a bit, as opposed to the warmer and more luxuriantly laidback approach of, say, the Beaux Arts Trio.

I'd be interested to hear a performance using a period piano - I suspect that the lighter / leaner textures would suit the music better.
Anyone know of such a recording?

I 'discovered' Brahms' chamber music, via a sort of back door.  The Piano Quartet No 1 in Op. 25 was orchestrated by Schonberg - and quite brilliantly.  My favourites are the Horn and Clarinet Trios, followed by the quartets and clarinet quintet.  The first violin sonata is also particularly good.  

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Ah, yes, well ... the clarinet works are an honourable exception to my lack of fan-ness.  As is the piano quintet.  The piano quartet #1 is also rather good.

But apart from those .... 

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