Conradin Kreutzer - Septet op.67, Trio op.43 | CPO 5550672

Conradin Kreutzer - Septet op.67, Trio op.43


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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550672

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd June 2017



Ensemble Himmelpfortgrund
Tobias Koch (fortepiano)


Kreutzer, Conradin

Septet in E flat major, op.67
Trio in E flat major, op.43


Ensemble Himmelpfortgrund
Tobias Koch (fortepiano)


Today Conradin Kreutzer is regarded as an absolutely paradigmatic representative of the musical ‘Biedermeier’, which designates not so much an epoch as a style and a state of mind. Chamber music often clearly of more demanding execution also served the purposes of home performance in middle-class households. Viewed stylistically, Kreutzer’s music may be described as tranquil, with a basic stance of intimate lyricism and emotionally finely balanced expressive content. Singable, catchy melodies, cautious chromaticisms, and logical harmonic designs predominate in his chamber music. Nevertheless, Kreutzer repeatedly surprises us with unexpected tones actually already suggesting romantic tones. With his great command of the compositional craft, he writes music that is virtuosic but not complicated and always very easy to realize instrumentally – producing music for home performance at its very best!

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