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.