Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat, Op. 40; Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

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COMPOSERS: Brahms
LABELS: Erato
WORKS: Horn Trio in E flat, Op. 40; Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114
PERFORMER: Michel Dalberto (piano), Pierre Amoyal (violin), Frédéric Lodéon (cello), Michel Portal (clarinet), Pierre Del Vescovo (horn)
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-96951-2 ADD (1979)
A worthy mid-price reissue from Erato, combining the Horn and Clarinet Trios of Brahms. Pianist Michel Dalberto is superb throughout; the Gallic, occasionally woolly timbre of horn-player Pierre Del Vescovo is not wholly appropriate to Brahms, perhaps, though violinist Pierre Amoyal plays gloriously in this trio. The Clarinet Trio receives a suitably dark-toned, urgently debated reading from Dalberto, Lodéon and Portal. Their serenely autumnal performance, full of insight and incident, completes a thoroughly serviceable release. The reprocessed analogue masters emerge prim and splendidly transparent; balance, perhaps inevitably in these works, still tends to favour the piano. Distinguished performances, nonetheless, and strongly recommended. Michael Jameson

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