The masterful Op. 87 Piano Trio in C Major found Brahms at the midpoint of his life and at the peak of his creative powers. Each movement is rich with melodies that are beautifully varied and transformed, including several with Hungarian, gypsy-like strains. In his Op. 18 sextet—arranged here for trio—Brahms explores the potential for rich sonorities and intricate counterpoint available in the combination of doubled violins, violas, and cellos. Lyrical and graceful, it also exploits the variation form, of which Brahms was so fond.
"Trio Parnassus has a good deal of musical muscularity, and in Chia Chou a powerhouse pianist with rich tonal resources and a good sense of leadership."—Fanfare
"From its inception, the ensemble impressed critics and public alike."—All Music Guide