MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             


Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

CD: Crotchet
Download: Classicsonline

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8 (1854, revised 1889) [36:34]
Piano Trio No. 2 in C, Op. 87 (1882) [28:46]
Storioni Trio (Bart van de Roer (piano); Wouter Vossen (violin); Mark Vossen (cello))
rec. December 2007, April 2008, Concertboerjdenj Valthemond, Netherlands
Bonus DVD contains the Scherzo from Op. 8
PENTATONE PTC5186 328 [64:09]
Experience Classicsonline

It seems as though Brahms had a knack for getting things right first time. Regardless of the genre, whether it be the symphonies, serenades, violin sonatas or string sextets, Brahms manages to be at his most original and expressive in his first attempts. Such is certainly the case with his first piano trio, which although it was substantially revised decades after its original composition, still comes through as a masterpiece of melodic contour, harmonic complexity and form.
First published in 1854, the B major trio is reminiscent of Beethoven’s monumental Archduke   in its size and scope. The fifteen-plus minute opening movement contains one of Brahms most sweeping and gorgeous melodies - a tune that is worked through masterfully and completely during the course of the movement. The lively scherzo is a fittingly uplifting contrast to the autumnal melancholy of the first movement. Very few moments in music can match the serenity of the Adagio, and the work is rounded out by a lively and virtuosic ending.
The Storionis approach this music symphonically, painting with wide brushes and in bold colors. They achieve a meaty and robust sound that although at times can be quite thrillingly large, is never overpowering. They play with a rich, warm tone that works particularly well with the deeply sonorous writing of the first movement. They are also quite able to lighten up, as evidenced by the rollicking tempi of the Scherzo and final Allegro.
Although considered by many to be one of Brahms’ finest pieces of chamber music, the Second trio, composed decades after the first, seems more academic to these ears. Indeed there are the grand melodies, the elegant counterpoint and the signature play between the inner voices, but with the exception of the lovely second movement, this trio lacks the warmth and reflective nature of the first.
Again we get an outstanding performance from the Storionis, big bold phrases and superb ensemble. One does notice however the occasional audible sniff and snort from the players, a habit that many instrumentalists insist is necessary for musicality and ensemble, but in reality is an annoying bit of snooty showmanship best left in the practice studio.
Pentatone’s SACD sound is magnificent. There are however a couple of problems, one small and one large. First there’s a glaring misprint on page two of the booklet that errantly identifies Op. 87 as Trio number three.  Secondly, the bonus DVD is in PAL format, rendering it useless outside Europe and Australia (unless you happen to have a system capable of dealing with both formats).
Kevin Sutton


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing




Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.