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Einem, Berg, Scholz, Krenek: Clarinet Trios / Trio Contrasts


Release Date: 01/28/2003 
Label:  Cybele   Catalog #: 351001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gottfried von EinemAlban BergFriedrich ScholzErnst Krenek
Performer:  Klaus EsserChristian DollfussBernd Hengst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Contrasts
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alban Berg composed his Adagio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano to mark his 50th birthday. It was an adaptation of the middle movement of his Chamber Concert for Piano, Violin and Wind Orchestra (1925), which he had composed for the 50th birthday of his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg. With the exception of some of the wind movements, which have been adapted for the piano, the reduced version shows hardly any major changes to the substance of the work and, for this reason, the possibility of performing it as an independent work remains. Hardly any composer in the 20th century has left so many varied works as Ernst Krenek, who was born in Vienna, but emigrated to the United States in 1938. He composed over 240 works for every genre from the most Read more simple piano piece to operas taking all evening. He was always open to new compositional techniques. The Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano was performed for the first time in 1946 with the composer at the piano. The work is loosely based on Schoenberg's 12-tone technique, which at first Krenek did not like but soon embraced after his opera Karl V from 1933. Gottfried von Einem composed his Verdehr Trio Op. 97 four years before his death. It was named for the Trio who first performed it. With its four movements, which correspond to an extended sonata cycle, it is probably the most traditional work on this CD. Friedrich Scholz began the serious study of music in Berlin in 1945, where he still lives today. Scholz got to know the musicians of Trio Contrasts during a performance of Bartok's Contrasts. Their impressive performance moved him to compose a work especially for them. The sound speech of the Theme with Variations moves within free tonal bounds, similar to von Einem's Verdehr Trio. In his work, Scholz hardly follows a usual pattern. The structure develops organically out of the music. The group Trio Contrasts was founded in 1997 while the musicians were studying chamber music at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Op. 97 "Verdehr" by Gottfried von Einem
Performer:  Klaus Esser (Violin), Christian Dollfuss (Clarinet), Bernd Hengst (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Contrasts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
2. Adagio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Alban Berg
Performer:  Klaus Esser (Violin), Christian Dollfuss (Clarinet), Bernd Hengst (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Contrasts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Austria 
3. Theme and Variations for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Friedrich Scholz
Performer:  Christian Dollfuss (Clarinet), Bernd Hengst (Piano), Klaus Esser (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Contrasts
Period: 20th Century 
4. Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Op. 108 by Ernst Krenek
Performer:  Klaus Esser (Violin), Bernd Hengst (Piano), Christian Dollfuss (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Contrasts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 

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