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Rontgen: String Trios Nos 1-4, Vol 1 / Lendvai String Trio


Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Champs Hill Records   Catalog #: 68   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Julius Röntgen
Performer:  Lendvai String Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available: Rontgen: String Trios Nos 5-8 and Rontgen: String Trios Nos. 9-12

The Lendvai Trio embark on a series of CDs of the complete String Trios by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen (1855-1932).

The trio's journey began in 2007 when they stumbled across Röntgen's first string trio (the only one published to date), and soon after discovered that there are fifteen more, carefully stored in handwritten manuscript form in the Netherlands Music Institute in the Hague.

A unique feature of these works is its numerous references to traditional Dutch tunes and dances. Röntgen's interest in
Read more folk music was largely due to his friendship with Edvard Grieg, with whom he traveled through Norway in search of Norwegian folk songs. For Röntgen it became important to do the same for the traditional music of Holland, and he considered the dissemination and popularization of his national music as one of his most important tasks.

The Lendvai Trio are: Dutch violinist Nadia Wijzenbeek, Swedish violist Ylvali Zilliacus and British cellist Marie Macleod. Since their Wigmore Hall debut in 2006, the Lendvai String Trio has had a busy schedule of concerts at major venues throughout Europe, including several re-invitations to Wigmore Hall, recitals at King's Place, the Barbican and Purcell Room in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Musikaliska in Stockholm.

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Reviews:

These prove to be captivating discoveries, full of fresh and memorable thematic invention, performed here by the Lendvai String Trio with great energy and musical commitment. Each work, composed in what might be termed a post-Brahmsian style, has its own distinctive merits.

– BBC Music Magazine

The Lendvai Trio's enthusiasm for these works compels attention and one can hear the broad grins on their faces as they played. With beautifully clear, natural sound, listening to this disc is a delightful way to spend an hour.

– Gramophone

The performances match the music in spirit and engaging directness and have been finely recorded. The booklet notes match them for style. This is Röntgen in very unbuttoned style, writing to amuse and entertain, and sounding as if he didn’t care tuppence what any critic thought of his music.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
String Trio No. 1 in D major, Op. 76 by Julius Röntgen
Performer:  Lendvai String Trio (Trio)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
String Trio No. 2 in A minor ("Dvorák") by Julius Röntgen
Performer:  Lendvai String Trio (Trio)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 08/1919 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
String Trio No. 3 in E minor by Julius Röntgen
Performer:  Lendvai String Trio (Trio)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 08/1919 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
String Trio No. 4 in D major ("Walzer Suite") by Julius Röntgen
Performer:  Lendvai String Trio (Trio)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 08/1919 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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