First review of the new Brahms 2CD recording.

English version from the Catalan original:

Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was founded in 2009 and is composed of three of today’s best international instrumentalists… All three musicians play very elegantly… In these performances they combine technical virtuosity and constant dialogue with imagery and a sensitive sound … The strength and sound of their dialogues break many stereotypes in the music of Brahms… This 2CD ends with the Double Concerto. Shaham and Wallfisch, accompanied by the Staatsorchester Rheinische Phiharmonie, create a real musical phantasy, a treasure of sound. This recording presents the concerto so beautifully, it is of irresistible inspiration.”

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A new excellent review: Recollected in Tranquillity

I’ve been thinking about this a lot in the past few weeks, while listening to this recording by the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch over and over – way more than I normally do when reviewing a disc. That’s partly because I love this music so much, but perhaps I was waiting for my own tranquillity in the face of such passionate music to gradually disappear, resulting in the sublimity everyone has come to expect from Dean’s reviews. […. ] Perfection of romantic feeling is indeed a phrase I would use for this performance by cellist Raphael Wallfisch, violinist Hagai Shaham and the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie under conductor Daniel Raiskin. Eschewing the larger-than-life heroics of the famous (I almost said infamous, but didn’t) Ma/Perlman/Barenboim version, this is integrated and controlled but not careful, with obvious love for Brahms and his music from everyone involved. […. ] After the interval Rachmaninov’s very early, one-movement Trio élégiaque No 1 offered a powerful dose of exquisite melancholy before the trio let rip with the magnificence of Brahms’s C major Trio Op 87. It’s a piece that suits this group down to the last semiquaver, matching maturity, assurance, technique and good nature throughout its journey. Notable qualities that leapt out of this performance included the choice of contrasting palettes in the scherzo, the long lines of violin and cello offsetting the whirling interjections of the piano, and a breathtaking episode in the finale in which Erez’s piano tone turned utterly luminous, as if by magic…

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Live performance of the op. 8 Trio (Rotterdam, 2014)

The Strad publishes a fantastic review: