Sunday, October 10, 2004

Chamber CD starter set

Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin. Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Lars Vogt, piano. A superb live performance (EMI Classics: $16.98).

Schubert: The Trout Quintet. Musicians Emanuel Ax (piano), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Pamela Frank (violin), Rebecca Young (viola) and Edgar Meyer (bass) deliver a scintillating performance. It's one of the all-time greats of chamber music (Sony Classical: $11.98).

Beaux Arts Trio - Irresistible playing of Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 and Dvorak's Dumky Trio in a joyous new recording from legendary pianist Menahem Pressler and friends (Warner Brothers: $16.98).

Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart clarinet trios (above): The three best trios with clarinet in the repertoire, played by the best of the best, including former Cincinnatian Richard Stoltzman (Sony Classical: $11.98).

For less traditional:

Beginnings: eighth blackbird - This superb sextet (formerly based at University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music) plays the best of today's music. (Cedille Records: $18.98).

Janelle Gelfand

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