September 14: Claremont Trio

The Claremont Trio must have put in a special order for the weather on Sunday. Pale gray and foggy with a hint of the approaching autumn’s chill, the air was the perfect flavor for introspection. In the four-story wood-and-glass cube of the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall, the New York-based trio (Emily Bruskin, violin; Julia Bruskin, cello; Andrea Lam, piano) presented three heartfelt musical memorials, each illustrating its composer’s experience of a loved one’s death.

This concert was the third in the trio’s Brahms Project, a 2015 series matching Brahms works with recent Claremont commissions. Sunday’s Brahms selection was the Horn Trio he wrote in memory of his mother — here featuring guest artist (and husband of Emily Bruskin) Chad Yarbrough. His timbre eschewed brassy dazzle, in its tenderest passages smooth and evocative as the human voice.

Read the rest over at the Globe!


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