Bax Clarinet Sonatas


The Gould Piano Trio With Robert Plane (Clarinet)

The Gould Piano Trio’s playing is confident, assured, characterful and sensitive, and they bring out the tremendous sense of fun in these works. Although there are other – also excellent – recordings of these works, at a budget price this disc, where a good combination of brilliant and beautiful works are so well-played, can’t be beaten.   MusicWeb International 2007


….The pleasures continue with the 1945-46 Piano Trio, Bax’s final chamber offering, which finds him at his most economical and relaxed.  It gets a first-rate performance from the Gould Trio, who bring plenty of bite and sparkle to the rhythmically buoyant finale.  In the wistful and brooding Folk-Tale (first performed in 1918) Alice Neary and Frith do full justice to what is an unexpectedly powerful eight-minute essay……

Enthusiasts can rest assured that these admirably agile and idiomatic performers give Bax’s youthful inspiration every chance to shine; indeed, it’s impossible imagine a more convincing account of the Trio.  Gramophone 2007


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