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At 52 minutes this album offers relatively low playing time, but the musical quality more than compensates. Brahms’ autumnal Trio is given a warm recording by the supremely musical André Cazalet, supported by the generous sound of Guy Comentale’s violin and Cyril Huvé’s piano. Historical versions of this piece include those by father and son Brains (Aubrey with Adolf Busch and Serkin), but as a modern version this is magnificent: the stillness of the slow movement is remarkable.

Ligeti’s Trio is an intentional act of homage to Brahms, but the spirit of Beethoven also hovers over the piece (a facet openly acknowledged by the composer).Characteristic Ligeti tropes such as obsessively repeated upwards scales are powerfully rendered; registral extremes of both horn and violin are exquisitely controlled. A winner.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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