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Debussy: Cello Sonata; Brahms: Clarinet Trio / Thornton, Yusuf, Myer

Release Date: 03/01/2019
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30109
Composer:  Claude Debussy ,  Johannes Brahms Performer:  Brian Thornton ,  Spencer Myer ,  Afendi Yusuf Number of Discs: 1

Cellist Brian Thornton is joined by pianist Spencer Myer and clarinetist Afendi Yusuf in a program of chamber music on the Steinway & Sons label. An impeccable performance of Debussy’s striking Cello Sonata is followed by the lovely Clarinet Trio by Brahms.

R E V I E W:

Here’s your chance to hear two prominent members of the Cleveland Orchestra up close and beautifully personal. Cellist Brian Thornton steps out of his section with two major works from the chamber-music canon with colleague Afendi Yusuf, the orchestra’s principal clarinet, and pianist Spencer Myer, a Northeast Ohio native and Cleveland International Piano Competition laureate. Start to finish, it’s musical poetry. Thornton, it seems, was born for
Read more this repertoire, wielding every bit of the depth and sensitivity it requires. Yusuf, meanwhile, delivers a lustrous performance, and Myer is in virtuoso form as both technician and communicator. Chamber music simply doesn’t get any better, or more intimate.

-- Cleveland Plain Dealer

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