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Familiar chamber music in unfamiliar guises. Gone is Brahms’ waldhorn, Bruch’s clarinet and Schubert’s cello. We may occasionally miss the timbre of the originals, but, rather like paintings sharpened into steel engravings, there are enticing new perspectives, clarifications and blendings to discover. The trio’s radiant playing, captured by producer John Fraser at All Saints’ East Finchley, offers a wondrous journey of insight. Connoisseur stuff.

These are richly dreaming performances, transporting us to faded places and evoking forgotten memoirs. Bruch’s tenderly, smokily shaped Three Pieces (1910) conjure old age and the breath of empires in twilight. In Schubert’s late Notturno time stands suspended, notes and lines musingly placed. The Brahms Trio is given in its 1884 viola revision, the second and fourth movements finding a bucolic bite while the first and third linger and yearn. An album to be savoured, not for people in a hurry.

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