R Strauss - Piano Quartet, Piano Trio no.2 | CPO 5551162

R Strauss - Piano Quartet, Piano Trio no.2

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5551162

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd November 2018

Contents

Artists

Daniel Blumenthal (piano)
Doren Dinglinger (violin)
Tony Nys (viola)
Alexandre Vay (cello)

Works

Strauss, Richard

Piano Quartet in C minor, op.13
Piano Trio no.2 in D major

Artists

Daniel Blumenthal (piano)
Doren Dinglinger (violin)
Tony Nys (viola)
Alexandre Vay (cello)

About

A radically systematic logic manifested itself quite early in the music of Richard Strauss. He avoided the instrumental genres, was attracted to the tone poem right from the very start, and worked toward the goal of making the opera his central focus. And yet his beginnings lay in chamber music, a fact demonstrated on this CD with two examples in new recordings. The Piano Trio no.2 is lengthier than its predecessor and very ambitious both in its tonal register and execution. The formal norms – sonata form, song form, scherzo, and then another sonata movement – are upheld with completeness and elegance. The piano trio had a long line of tradition going back to Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, but the composer who set standards in the middle of the nineteenth century is particularly clearly recognizable here in a model function: Mendelssohn. Only about seven years passed between this trio and Strauss’s only Piano Quartet, but in 1885 too he was still a very young composer. The quartet displays impressive advances in technique; now Strauss apparently could draw on all the compositional resources then available, and the higher virtuosic demands on the instrumentalists are also quite evident. Strauss attracted the greatest attention with his large-format op.13 lasting almost forty minutes, a work that even won him a prize from the Berliner Tonkünstlerverein.

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