BRAHMS, BEETHOVEN & WOOD:
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.
|CD DURATION: 59:30
AUDIO SAMPLE: Beethoven Clarinet Sonata, III Allegretto
|review extracts: for full reviews click here|
|" 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 (IRR)|
|“these are three fine young musicians who possess all of the requisite skills to master their instruments. Their musical personalities are well suited to this diverse repertoire and they evince a deep understanding and immediate command of each work. 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 proffered by Divine Art: it is honest, crystal clear, and well blended. - Michael Carter(Fanfare)|
|"A stirring performance" - The Observer|
|"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)|
|"A committed and persuasive performance" - The Times|
|"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 (BBC Music Magazine)|
|"The (Brahms) Clarinet Trio is a gentle piece, calmly lyrical and delicately textured. This is a beautifully reflective interpretation.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 itsopen structure and graceful lyricism. The recording does justice to an excellent team of artists." - Geoffrey Crankshaw (Musical Opinion)|
|“The playing is exemplary and it is recorded in a warm acoustic. The disc is well presented, with good notes.”- Arthur Baker (Federation of Recorded Music Societies)|
|" This (Brahms) is a performance without anguish, beautifully played and recorded… The performers bring [the Beethoven] off in grand style." - Paul Shoemaker (MusicWeb)|