Brahms found great inspiration in the playing of Mühlfeld, then the sensation of Europe. The Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114, was one of the works thus inspired. It 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 its open structure and graceful lyricism. The recording does justice to an excellent team of artists.