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Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke

Jasper de Waal

Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke

SKU: 34014

Year of release: 2014

Trio in Eb 29:22
1. Andante - Poco piu animato Brahms 08:06
2. Scherzo - Allegro Brahms 07:41
3. Adagio mesto Brahms 07:05
4. Finale - Allegro con brio Brahms 06:28
Adagio and Allegro in Ab 09:00
5. Langsam Schumann 03:56
6. Allegro Schumann 05:03
Trio in Bb 26:30
7. Allegro Reinecke 07:40
8. Andante Reinecke 06:04
9. Scherzo Reinecke 05:44
10. Finale Reinecke 07:00
Total time: 64:53

About this album

Brahms, Schumann and Reinecke
In late 1853, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) made the acquaintance of Robert Schumann(1810-1856) and his wife Clara. Schumann was quick to recognise the genius of the then entirelyunknown twenty-year-old composer, and devoted the October issue of the Neue Zeitschrift fu?r Musik to a laudatory article about him under the revealing title Neue Bahnen. Schumann hailedBrahms as ‘an innovative musical force’ who offer ‘an astonishing glimpse of the secretsof the world of the supernatural’. In retrospect, of course, we must put matters into perspective. Forit was Richard Wagner, rather than Brahms, who was to explore new musical paths in the secondhalf of the nineteenth century. Moreover, Brahms was averse to any form of spirituality – it was themanic-depressive Schumann who had a craving for esotericism and was plagued by hallucinations: only a few months later, weary of life, he jumped into the Rhine and thereafter spent the  last two years of his life in a psychiatric clinic. Whether the awakening close relationshipbetween Brahms and Schumann’s wife Clara played a role, remains a matter of conjecture.

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International Record Review

(...) Waal and colleagues capture perfectly a level of sorrow, despair and anguish (...)

De Telegraaf

(…) meeslepend Hoorntrio van Brahms, hartstochtelijk ’Adagio und Allegro’ van Schumann, en spannende vertolking van het Trio opus 274 van Carl Reinecke.

BBC Music Magazine

Long-timeprincipal horn with Concertgebouw, JAsper de Waal leads these glowing account with a lucd ease and subtle vibrato.

Audiophile Audition

This disc features the music of Brahms, Schumann and Reinecke. The performances are uniformly excellent, and Channel Classics reputation is all about the recorded sound, which is exemplary here. (...)


(...) a truly inspired acccount of Brahms . (..) first-class performance of Reinecke and Schumann (...) the recording is perfectly balanced and real.


Wunderbar flexibler, samtweicher Ton, geschmackvoll und zupackend.

Technical Specifications

Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording LocationValthermond, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerHein Dekker
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamand series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm DSD AD
Cablesvan Den Hul