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Thuille: Piano Quintets / Oliver Triendl, Vogler Quartet

Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777090   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig Thuille
Performer:  Frank ReineckeTim VoglerOliver TriendlStephan Forck,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vogler String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is little to choose interpretatively speaking between the same coupling issued on ASV CD DCA 1171 a couple of years ago and this new CPO version. Both Tomer Lev and the Falk Quartet (ASV) and Treindl and Vogler give spirited performances. The CPO versions are quicker but not by much overall. On the other hand the CPO acoustic is not as transparently revealing as that chosen by the ASV team. The strenuous and tormented romantic melos is perhaps warmer and more engulfing in the hands of Treindl who is accustomed to the revival of romantic repertoire. He recorded two volumes of Fuchs’ violin sonatas for Thorofon. Clearly he also knows his Thuille as his recording of the Piano Concerto - on CPO again – surely proclaims.

Read more first of the two piano quintets is more intensely romantic and Brahmsian. The E flat major work is in four movements against the G minor work’s three. The writing was accomplished between the premiere of one opera (Gugeline) and the completion of the other (Lobetanz). It is also almost twice as long as the G minor. With it one instantly senses a maturity and a mastery although only twenty years separate the two works. There are some shades of expressionist sympathies in this work which are completely absent from the G minor. We also hear some tearfully affecting lyrical writing too as in the Adagio at 6:33 onwards. A thorough-going masculine urgency and optimism is refulgent throughout the finale but there is also a lithe and inventive fantasy to be heard in the pizzicato pages of the finale.

Can we now beg that rather than duplicating discs Thuille’s unrecorded or rarely recorded works are tackled. There is a clamant need for recordings of the cello sonata and the two violin sonatas.

Two stirring late-romantic piano quintets that deserve to be heard and celebrated.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor by Ludwig Thuille
Performer:  Frank Reinecke (Violin), Tim Vogler (Violin), Oliver Triendl (Piano),
Stephan Forck (Cello), Stefan Fehlandt (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vogler String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Munich, Germany 
Venue:  Studio 10, German Radio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 10, German Radio, Berlin, Germany (08/23/2004 - 08/26/2004) 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 by Ludwig Thuille
Performer:  Stefan Fehlandt (Viola), Stephan Forck (Cello), Oliver Triendl (Piano),
Tim Vogler (Violin), Frank Reinecke (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vogler String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1901; Munich, Germany 
Venue:  Studio 10, German Radio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 41 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 10, German Radio, Berlin, Germany (08/23/2004 - 08/26/2004) 

Customer Reviews

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 Exquisite! July 31, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Austrian in his heritage, Ludwig Thuille spent much of his rather short professional life in Germany before passing away at the early age of 46 in 1907. At a time when classical music in Central Europe was being profoundly affected by Wagner, Thuille's orientation was decidedly more conservative and traditional, almost akin to the work and style of Johannes Brahms. This high quality CPO disk demonstrates this very well by presenting two mature, lyrical piano quintets, which will undoubedtly be welcomed by any chamber music enthusiast. Both are excellent works, but especially worthwhile is the superb Op. 20 Quintet in E Flat. At over 40 minutes in length, it cries out for characterization as a sublime masterwork, which I think it indeed is. The elegant playing of pianist Oliver Triendl and the Vogler Quartet, plus CPO's customary impeccable audio engineering, make this recording nearly self-recommending. Try it, and you won't be disappointed." Report Abuse
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