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Brahms: Clarinet Trio - Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

Michael Collins, Paul Watkins, Ian Brown

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Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor for Piano and Cello, Op. 38  
1.1
I. Allegro non troppo
Johannes Brahms; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
14:10
1.2
II. Allegretto quasi Menuetto - Trio - Allegretto D.C. sin’ al Fine
Johannes Brahms; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
5:42
1.3
III. Allegro - Più presto
Johannes Brahms; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
7:00
Trio in A Minor for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 114  
1.4
I. Allegro - Poco meno Allegro
Johannes Brahms; Michael Collins; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
8:03
1.5
II. Adagio
Johannes Brahms; Michael Collins; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
8:04
1.6
III. Andantino grazioso - Un poco sostenuto
Johannes Brahms; Michael Collins; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
4:36
1.7
IV. Allegro
Johannes Brahms; Michael Collins; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
4:40
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 99  
1.8
I. Allegro vivace
Johannes Brahms; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
9:15
1.9
II. Adagio affettuoso
Johannes Brahms; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
7:09
1.10
III. Allegro passionato - [ ] - Da Capo sin al Fine
Johannes Brahms; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
7:38
1.11
IV. Allegro molto
Johannes Brahms; Paul Watkins; Ian Brown
4:55
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:21:12
"The late sonata’s expansive mood and grand sonorities have made it the more popular of the two: it was a favorite of Casals. Yet the melancholy early work doesn’t deserve its comparative neglect. Nor does the Clarinet Trio, as this expressive performance by three of Britain’s finest musicians reminds us."
- The Sunday Times

Performing Brahms’s cello sonatas and Clarinet Trio, Paul Watkins presents three enduring masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire on this 2014 album. He is joined by two musicians of the highest calibre, pianist Ian Brown, his established duo partner, and clarinet player Michael Collins. Himself an accomplished player in his youth, Brahms was passionate about the cello and wrote many glorious parts for the instrument. He had difficulty writing his Cello Sonata No. 1, however, eventually destroying an Adagio to leave the three movement work we know today. One of his last works, the Clarinet Trio was written after Brahms had decided to retire from composition. It was the artistry of Richard Mühlfeld that inspired him to return to composition and write a series of works for the clarinet, considered some of the supreme masterpieces in the instrument’s repertoire.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk; 12 – 14 June 2013
Recording producer: Rachel Smith
Sound engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Editor: Rachel Smith
Steinway Model D (587462) concert grand piano courtesy of Potton Hall
Piano technician: Graham Cooke DipMIT, MPTA
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover: "Typical red tram in Vienna, tilt and shift", photograph © Andrea Zanchi / Getty Images
Back cover: Photograph of Paul Watkins © Paul Marc Mitchell
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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