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Joshua Bell wants you to hear Brahms' original, passionate piano trio / WRTI

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Johannes Brahms, the perfectionist, destroyed many of his early works. Yet he kept his first published piece of chamber music, even after revising it 35 years later. Joshua Bell's latest recording - 'For the Love of Brahms' on Sony Classical with cellist Steven Isserlis, pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, is a landmark the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann that Bell calls "music about love and friendship." A personal, deeply affectionate impulse frequently sparked the music of Johannes Brahms and his mentor, Robert Schumann – often including their mutual friend, the violinist and composer Joseph Joachim. It clearly drove all three works on For the Love of Brahms.

WRTI: Philadelphia - Susan Lewis talked with violinist Joshua Bell, who has recorded the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 that Brahms wrote when he was just 20 years old.  LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT