Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart

COMPOSERS: Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart
LABELS: Sony
WORKS: Trio in A minor, Op. 114; Trio in B flat, Op. 11 (Gassenhauer); Trio in E flat, K498 (Kegelstatt)
PERFORMER: Emanuel Ax (piano), Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Yo-Yo Ma (cello)
CATALOGUE NO: SK 57499 DDD
This disc has much to commend it, with performances underpinned by the innate musicianship of Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma. Magical moments occur in abundance and, if you are one of the numerous admirers of Richard Stoltzman’s inimitable clarinet playing, then you will find this a disc to treasure. Personally, I only found myself getting increasingly frustrated that Stoltzman’s harsh, grainy and formulaic style was spoiling otherwise exquisite performances. Christopher Dingle

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