Beethoven, Herzogenberg & Dohnanyi - String Trios | Gramola 99093

Beethoven, Herzogenberg & Dohnanyi - String Trios


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Label: Gramola

Cat No: 99093

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 8th July 2016



The string trio – by some disparagingly being regarded as a quartet without the second violin – for long has been a bit overshadowed by its “bigger brother”; the Aleksic Trio shows with this debut album, that nevertheless highly artistic and compositionally pioneering works for this instrumentation were created. With his String Trio Op.9 no.1, Ludwig van Beethoven illustrates the combination of a jolly and playful access and the pursuit for a virtuoso formal composition. The Trio Op.27 no.1 by Heinrich von Herzogenberg exhibits close ties to its historic examples, and he was able to convince even highly critical contemporaries like Brahms with his accomplished compositional technique and his fine melodic structures. Likewise, the Serenade in C major Op.10 by the Hungarian Ernst von Dohnanyi sometimes makes the listener forget that it is merely three instruments, which are responsible for such dense and sometimes symphonic sound.

Since 2005 the siblings Aleksa, Nadezda and Ana Aleksic, who come from Serbia, have appeared on numerous chamber music stages in Austria. The two sisters and their brother received their first musical training in a school for musically talented children in Cuprija, Serbia, in the course of which they already performed at various international competitions and festivals. Their path then brought them to Vienna, where they completed their instrumental studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts. The wish to devote themselves to chamber music in a close family circle led them to take the next obvious step: the founding of the Aleksic String Trio in 2005.

Their concert performances, for instance in the framework of Jeunesse and projects supported by the Gottfried-von-Einem Foundation, have brought the Trio right across Austria, from the Festival Neue Musik in the Brucknerhaus in Linz to Konzerthaus Weinviertel, to Maissau, Lienz or Zell am See. The Trio also regularly collaborates with the Internationale Ignaz Pleyel Gesellschaft in Ruppersthal and with the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater in Vienna.

The members of the Trio are interested in bringing less well-known composers back into the limelight. In addition this string trio regularly expands its repertoire by working as a quartet with various chamber music partners, for instance as a piano quartet or as a flute quartet.

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