Brahms, Beethoven & Wood – Clarinet Trios

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Catalogue No: DDA 25009
EAN/UPC: 809730500923
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Release Date: June 2001
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Discs: 1
Sample: Beethoven Clarinet Sonata, III Allegretto

The Trio made its debut in Madrid in 1994, and its first, acclaimed appearance at the Wigmore Hall in 1997. The Trio has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and has recorded the music for several BBC TV documentaries. John Bradbury is principal clarinet of the BBC Philharmonic and his identical twin Adrian appears with the London Sinfonietta and other highly regarded chamber groups. Emily Segal made her concerto debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The work by Hugh Wood was commissioned by the Trio for the Cheltenham International Music Festival and this is its first recording.

Trio Gemelli are: John Bradbury (clarinet) – Adrian Bradbury (cello) – Emily Segal (piano)

Track Listing

    Johannes Brahms:

  1. I. Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114 − Allegro (8:01)
  2. II. Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114 − Adagio (8:17)
  3. III. Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114 − Andantino grazioso (4:14)
  4. IV. Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114 − Allegro (4:06)
  5. Hugh Wood:

  6. I. Clarinet Trio, op. 40 − Comodo (6:54)
  7. II. Clarinet Trio, op. 40 − Fantastico (5:03)
  8. III. Clarinet Trio, op. 40 − Adagio (6:25)
  9. Ludwig van Beethoven:

  10. I. Clarinet Trio in B flat major, op. 11 − Allegro con brio (8:54)
  11. II. Clarinet Trio in B flat major, op. 11 − Adagio (4:33)
  12. III. Clarinet Trio in B flat major, op. 11 − Allegretto (6:25)

Reviews

International Record Review

This is a richly rewarding programme, beautifully played and recorded… it’s difficult to keep one’s finger off the ‘replay’ button… [it] held this listener spellbound

” —Julian Haylock
Fanfare

Trio Gemelli consistently held my attention via their wide range of fervent expression and flawless technique. The performances also radiate a sumptuous tonal quality and show meticulous attention to phrasing, carefully shaped melodic lines, and well-shaded dynamics. The overall presentation is quite exceptional in every aspect, including the sound proferred by Divine Art: it is honest, crystal clear, and well blended.

” —Michael Carter
MusicWeb International

The playing is particularly sensitive: I like the delicately handled dynamics of the Emily Segal’s piano in works like the Brahms, which can often be too intrusive. The skilful reading by the Bradburys is superb, and in fact the team work effectively to convey nuances of mood… The complexities of the [Wood] score are ably handled by the Trio, and Adrian’s cello handles difficult high notes with skill. Where a held note on the piano is picked up by the clarinet, the crossover cannot be detected, the musicianship and balance is that good.

” —Raymond Walker
MusicWeb

This (Brahms) is a performance without anguish, beautifully played and recorded… The performers bring [the Beethoven] off in grand style

” —Paul Shoemaker
BBC Music Magazine

enterprising programming…[the Wood].is boldly set out..fearlessly elucidated. [Brahms] is a careful, intimate performance… the players’ meticulously thought-through performance of Beethoven’s Op.11 trio springs to life in the finale’s theme and variations

” —Hilary Finch
Musical Opinion

This is a beautifully reflective interpretation. (Brahms Trio)… Hugh Wood’s finely crafted piece is a nicely chosen foil. As for Beethoven’s much neglected Clarinet Trio in B flat, op. 11, it is performed with excellent appreciation of its open structure and graceful lyricism. The recording does justice to an excellent team of artists.

” —Geoffrey Crankshaw
Federation Of Recorded Music Societies

The playing is exemplary and it is recorded in a warm acoustic. The disc is well presented, with good notes.

” —Arthur Baker