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Dedicated To Haydn / Haydn Trio Eisenstadt


Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 7020   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gerhard KramerJohn WoolrichXiao-Gang YeJohanna Doderer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 47 Mins. 

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DEDICATED TO HAYDN Haydn Tr Eisenstadt CAPRICCIO 7020 (3 CDs: 169:07)


Works by Kramer, Woolrich, Xiao-gang Ye, Doderer, Ndodana-Breen, Sánchez-Verdú, Bolcom, Everhartz, Kakinuma, Fontyn, Hödi, Illés, Schifrin, Schnebel, Schedlberger, Kats-Chernin, Jolas, Harnik


The idea behind this collection is not unique, but it is assuredly unusual and certainly one with a product that should pique the interest of classical music lovers. Read more Eighteen contemporary music composers from around the world each offer a short piano-trio piece (the longest is 13 minutes) to commemorate the bicentenary of Haydn’s death. Haydn, although perhaps not the originator, was the “father” of the piano trio. The music here is contemporary in that it pushes the boundaries set by the past. Beethoven’s music was contemporary for its time, at times pushing the boundaries far; e.g., the final movement of the “Hammerklavier” and the Grosse Fuge . Today’s living composers push, or even demolish, boundaries, and some composers of almost 100 years ago pushed or demolished boundaries. Ultimately, the questions are: Is there a limit to pushing? Is demolition unreasonable? I am not a fan of boundary demolition. Bartók, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich, for example, pushed boundaries. John Cage demolished them. I define “demolish” in my own terms as music that lacks (to me) a discernable musical line.


Each of the 18 composers references Haydn’s music in one or more of several ways. Interesting details are provided in the booklet insert in the jewel case. Some of the Haydn references that seem recondite to the reader/listener were apparently obvious to the composer. This difference in referencing showed me in a new way how limited my musical outlook is compared to that of composers such as these.


Kramer and Woolrich each alternately push and demolish boundaries throughout their contributions to this Haydn tribute. Sánchez, Fontyn, Illés, Jolas, and Harnik demolish boundaries. The contributions of two of these boundary demolishers, Sánchez and Harnik, sound very strange, booklet insert explanations not withstanding. The other 11 composers offer some very interesting music, much of it very good listening. Especially attractive are the pieces by Doderer, Ndodana-Breen, Bolcom, Everhartz, Hödi, Schifrin, Kats-Chernin, and Schedlberger. The latter’s contribution consists of continual excerpts from Haydn’s “Joke” Quartet (op. 33/2) in a whimsical joke on Haydn’s “Joke.” Back to Kramer: he concludes his piece with the performers mouthing U-E-A-I (“ und es ward Licht ”) with reference to Haydn’s “Creation” oratorio. Could that be decipherable without program notes?


The Haydn Trio Eisenstadt was founded in 1992. Its current members studied chamber music under Georg Ebert at the Vienna Academy of Music. They have since received honors for their performances. Over the past few years they have made numerous recordings covering much of the piano trio literature.


Anyone interested in Haydn who is not strongly averse to contemporary (i.e., late 20th and early 21st century) music should listen to these discs. Ignore the extremes if you wish, but listen to the rest. The best way to listen to this disc is to own it.


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Works on This Recording

1. ...und licht... by Gerhard Kramer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 13 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2. The night will not draw on by John Woolrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 99 by Xiao-Gang Ye
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, DWV 52 by Johanna Doderer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 11 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5. Nguni Dances (2) by Bongani Ndodana-Breen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6. Hekkan 2 by José María Sánchez-Verdú
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7. Haydn Go Seek by William Bolcom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8. Haydntrio by Jury Everhartz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
9. Etude on the name of Haydn "Kagetsu" by Yui Kakinuma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 10 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10. Lieber Joseph! by Jacqueline Fontyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
11. An Haydn by Helmuth Hödi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 11 Minutes 14 Secs. 
12. Torso 6 by Márton Illés
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
13. Elegy and Meditation by Lalo Schifrin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 11 Minutes 8 Secs. 
14. Haydn-Destillate by Dieter Schnebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
15. Übermalung 1, Op. 20 by Gernot Schedlberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
16. Calliope Dreaming by Elena Kats-Chernin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
17. Ah! Haydn by Betsy Jolas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
18. Schatten.risse by Elisabeth Harnik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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