Johannes Brahms – Piano Trio No. 1 (1854)

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The Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8, by Johannes Brahms was composed during 1854. The composer produced a revised version of the work in 1889. It is scored for piano, violin and cello, and it is the only work of Brahms to exist today in two published versions, although it is almost always the revised version that we hear performed today. Among the piano trios known to have been written by Brahms it is the only one that ends in a minor key. It is also among the few multi-movement works to begin in a major key and end in the tonic minor (another example being Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony).

The trio is in four movements.

Nicholas Angelich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello) perform Johannes Brahms Piano Trio no.1 in B major. Recording in Chambéry, Auditorium de la Cité des Arts, 20-22 December 2003. EMI Records Ltd/ Virgin Classics.

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