Brahms - Trio in A minor op.114
Type of Spiritual Experience
In 1890, the 57-year-old Brahms resolved to give up composing. However, he was unable to abide by his decision, and in the years before his death he produced a number of acknowledged masterpieces. His admiration for Richard Mühlfeld, clarinetist with the Meiningen orchestra, moved him to compose the Clarinet Trio, Op. 114, Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115 (1891), and the two Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120 (1894).
His last appearance in public was on 3 March 1897, when he saw Hans Richter conduct his Symphony No. 4. There was an ovation after each of the four movements. His condition gradually worsened and he died a month later, on 3 April 1897, aged 63.
A description of the experience
Clarinet: Martin Fröst (Swedish, 1970)
Cello: Clemens Hagen (Austrian, 1966)
Piano: Leif Ove Andsnes (Norwegian, 1970)
Live, International Chamber Music Festival, ICMF 2010
3. Andantino grazioso