CD A0421: Autumn

Bruch Op. 83 - Brahms Op. 114
B3 Classic Trio

CD Cover: Autumn by B3 Classic TrioThe B3 Classic Trio releases their work “Autumn” with works of Brahms and Bruch for clarinet, cello and piano, which appears together for the very first time in SACD format. Released in Multichannel and Hybrid format it contains the Eight Pieces, Op. 83 by Max Bruch (1838-1920) and the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Released in a luxury Digibook format with 30 pages, contains three layers: stereo compatible CD, stereo in SACD and Multichannel SACD.

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Track Listing & Audio Samples

Max Bruch
  1 Eight pieces, Op. 83 VIII 6:22
  2 Eight pieces, Op. 83 VI 5:43
  3 Eight pieces, Op. 83 II 2:37
  4 Eight pieces, Op. 83 VII 4:15
  5 Eight pieces, Op. 83 I 4:08
  6 Eight pieces, Op. 83 V 5:18
  7 Eight pieces, Op. 83 III 7:02
  8 Eight pieces, Op. 83 IV 4:18
Johannes Brahms
  Trio for clarinet, cello & piano in A minor Op. 114
  9 I Allegro 8:10
  10 II Adagio 8:24
  11 III Andantino grazioso 4:45
  12 IV Allegro 5:01
Total 66:08

CD Sleeve Notes and Credits


The notes shown here are edited from the 30+ page booklet included with the CD which is stereo in SACD and Multichannel SACD

MAX BRUCH – 8 Pieces, Op.83
Bruch was born in Cologne, Rhine province, and received his early training from his mother. Aged just 14, he wrote a symphony and a string quartet, the latter work bringing him a scholarship from the Frankfurt-based Mozart foundation, which enabled him to study with Ferdinand Breunung, Ferdinand Hiller, and Carl Reinecke. In 1858, having embarked on a teaching career in Cologne, he produced his first opera. He visited several important German cultural centres between 1861 and 1862. He had a long career as a teacher, conductor and composer, moving among musical posts in Germany:   Mannheim (1862-1864), Koblenz (1865-1867), Sondershausen, (1867-1870) Berlin (1870-1872), Bonn, where he spent 1873 -1878 working privately.

When Bruch died in late 1920, three months before his 83rd birthday, we were at a time when Stravinsky was already very famous, Schoenberg was immersed in dodecaphony, Bartók had his first two string quartets behind him, and microtonal music was well enough established that in some places it was being viewed as the next big thing. Bruch obviously did not relate to any of this. As a composer he was always a conservative, in the style of Brahms.
The 8 Pieces, Op.83 are very important in the output of Bruch for two principal reasons:-

  1. it represented a successful return to chamber music, many years after his previous second string quartet, and was to be first of several interesting chamber works.
  2. with this very work he entered into the last phase of his life. From April 1911 he retired from his official duties at aged 73.

The Brahms trio Op.114 is one of the principal works of chamber music repertory. The mature creations of Brahms go, in many cases, hand in hand with the extraordinary careers of four great musicians of the period; the clarinettist Richard Mühfeld, the violinist Joseph Joachim, the cellist Robert Hausmann, and the conductor Hans von Bulow. In 1869 Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) founded his string quartet, which quickly became famous. He was the dedicatee of the first violin concerto of Bruch, as well as various works Johannes Brahms, amongst which mention should be made of the Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77 from 1878, and the Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102, for violin and cello of 1887. It is in this renowned quartet that the cellist Robert Hausmann (1852-1909) played; he was in this era a professor, like Joachim, in the Royal Academy of Music of Berlin.

Bülow offers his orchestra to Brahms to rehearse his new works. Fritz Steinbach, the successor of Hans von Bülow in the orchestra, presented to Brahms the clarinettist of the orchestra, Richard Mühlfeld, in March of 1891. This very month Brahms writes to Clara Schumann “it is impossible to play better the clarinet than the way that Mr. Mühlfeld does”. Brahms, who had decided to abandon composition around 1890, and who, without any doubt, had heard the finest European clarinettists in his journeys, became spurred on by the artistry of Mühlfeld, and called him in an affectionate way  “Fräulein Klarinette” and “Meine Primadonna”.

In the summer of this same year – 1891 – Brahms was to compose his Trio Op.114 and his Quintet Op.115 in Bad Ischl, and both with Mühlfeld as dedicatee. In July he writes again to Clara Schumann:  “he is the finest performer of wind instruments that I know”. The Trio was published in 1892 by his friend, the editor Fritz Simrock, in Berlin.

Chamber music is the field where our composer finds himself in the intimate essence most authentically.  It is here where he develops with absolute logical rigour the most dynamic formal principals of classical style: the thematic-motive elaboration which, however, provokes the breaking up of another fundamental aspect of classicism – the regular order of musical time based upon the balance or ‘reconciliation’ of a phrase. In essence, now it was not about the alternating correspondence of phrases, but based on the varied development of small nucleases of motifs. Therefore all four movements display a high grade of elaboration.

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The Non Profit Music Foundation is born as an answer to the presence of classical music today in the world, the gradual decrease of pupils at the highest levels in music schools, the lack of motivation from the audience to assist to performances of classical music (chamber music can be an example) and the loss of sensibility towards social and humanitarian action. The Non Profit Music Foundation believes that is possible to create initiatives that help to solve these deficiencies in our society and, even, that these initiatives can work in a combined way. The activities of the Non Profit Music Foundation then, will be directed towards strengthening and divulging music culture and, at the same time, sensitizing people to solidarity and obtain funds for social and humanitarian actions. The Non Profit Music Foundation maintains too a recording activity in order to divulge contemporary music, helping new creators  to be better known and seeking the awareness of humanitarian causes. The record label gives all the profits made by the sell of its publications to Non Government Organizations that select the creators, in a transparent way due all the accounts are audited by the same NGOs. If you are interested in the biographic details and projects of B3 Classic, the Non Profit Music Orchestra or the Non Profit Music Foundation, you can visit:  and


Produced by: Non Profit Music
Project Director: Jorge Grundman
Musical Producer and Sound Engineer: Javier Monteverde
Production Assistant: Nicolás Domínguez
Edited, mixed and mastering: Cezanne Producciones, Javier Monteverde
SACD Mastering: Javier Monteverde
Recorded at Cezanne Producciones in May 2009
Graphic Design:  Valentín Iglesias
Cover Illustration: Iván Simón
Original Photos: Sergio Cabanillas
Translations: Laura Dudley

The Musicians

Clarinet: Joan Borrás
Cello: David Johnstone
Piano: Joanjo Albinyana

Further Information



Album Information

Instruments: Trio: Clarinet, Cello & Piano
Genre: Classical
Format: Super Audio CD Hybrid (SACD)
Our Ref: A0421 (Johnstone Music Cat. No. JM67CD)
MCPS: NPM 1010
Label: Non Profit Music
Year: 2010
Origin: EU

Artist Information & Contact Details

'B3 Classic'
Clarinet, Cello and Piano Trio

Clarinet: Joan Borràs
Violoncello: David Johnstone
Piano: Joanjo Albinyana

Trio “B3 Classic”Since its formation in 1992 this trio of clarinet, cello and piano is one of the few stable, consolidated and well-known ensembles of this kind in Europe, and a reference in the present day musical panorama in Spain. “B3 Classic” draw attention to the history of the chamber music repertoire for these three instruments (they undertake valuable and creative investigative work) as well as involving itself in the more contemporary creation. The personal style of B3 Classic lays emphasis on an unusual sound combination by combining the piano with a string instrument (the cello) and a wind instrument (the clarinet), and the group actively promote the full history, largely yet unknown, of the chamber music repertoire for these three instruments. The group initially received the support and guidance of international figures such as Boris Bermann, Jesse Levine, Carles Riera and John McCabe CBE.  In 1995 they participated in a recording with the ‘La Caixa’ Foundation and the record label ‘Opus 111’ of Paris. Since then they have given regular concerts across all Spain and in other countries of the European Union. 

B3 Classic received important success in the International Music Competition ‘Pierre Lantier’ of Paris where they were awarded a Grand Prix in 1997. In 1998 they visit Great Britain for the first time where concerts included the Cheltenham International Music Festival, and they also give the world premiere of the Suite “The World of the Sea” of Rodney Newton in London. In Spain they have given many national and international premieres including the ‘Sonata for Trio’ by John McCabe C.B.E., the trio ‘Autumn Journeys’ and ‘Six Pieces’ by Martín Zalba, works by Jonathan FeBland, Rodney Newton, Enrique Aragon, Jorge Grundman Isla, Jorge Garcia del Valle etc. and have enthusiastically recuperated historically important trios by E. Hartmann, P. Juon, A. Eberl, A. Gyrowetz, Ries, and Archduke Rudolf.  

 B3 Classic have recorded for Warner Music Spain, Spanish National Radio (RNE Radio Clásica), Nice International Festival (France), The London Film Institute, Köln Rundfunk, Association Mozart Productions (France), Arlu Discos (Madrid), Julian Roberts Productions (Great Britain), four programmes of the series ‘Nocturnos’ for television ‘Tele 5’ (Spain), and a series of four concerts ‘The change of century in chamber music’ for National Spanish Television (TVE). 

Their versatility shows itself in original compositions by each member and high quality transcriptions made collectively by the artists of the group – examples include works such as ‘Trio Concertante’ on West Side Story (Bernstein/B3 Classic) or ‘Popular Miniature Suite’ on ‘Porgy and Bess’ (Gershwin/B3 Classic). They are also open to other musical fields – for example, their participation in the festival “Actual” of Logroño (Spain), their collective work together on the CD ‘Entre Dos Mundos’ with the ‘Swinging Strings’ of the Basque National Orchestra (San Sebastian), or the concerts with the multi-stylistic guitarist Gualberto of Seville. Their notable career together has brought them accolades such as what the prestigious Spanish classical music magazine Ritmo said of them: “Not only do they enjoy making music together but the artistic results are brilliant”.  

The trio ‘B3 Classic’ offers the public an ample repertoire: single performances featuring the outstanding works of the repertoire, special ‘theme’ concerts, special composer dedication concerts, well-conceived concerts put together as a series or cycle, educational concerts (in Spanish and English), etc.

Contact Details B3 Classic
Contact Address Clarinet, Cello and Piano Trio ‘B3 Classic’
P.O. Box 7003
31080 Pamplona
Telephone (0034) 629.530.533 / (0034)
Fax (0034) 948 – 35.18.69
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