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Radecke: Piano Trios / Trio Fontane


Release Date: 01/20/2017 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777996  
Number of Discs: 1 
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CD:  $17.99
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following our successful first release featuring symphonic works by Robert Radecke, the Swiss Trio Fontane ensemble now turns to chamber music by this composer. Radecke took up residence in Berlin in 1853 and significantly influenced the city’s music culture through to the turn of the century. He initially performed in public as a chamber musician as the second violinist in Ferdinand Laub’s quartet and as a pianist who created a sensation with his renderings of Beethoven’s last sonatas. His mastery as an instrumentalist is reflected especially in the brilliant piano part of the Trio in B minor, which not coincidentally is dedicated to Anton Rubinstein. Radecke composed the first movement quite likely while he was still in Leipzig (1853) and Read more added the cantabile adagio two years later. However, it was not until 1868 that he supplied a scherzo and a finale to complete the work for publication as his op. 33 by Bote & Bock of Berlin. This work and Radecke’s two piano trios, about whose circumstances of composition and reception hardly anything is known, are being presented in recording premieres on this release. Along with the Fantasy Pieces op. 7, this means that almost all of the composer’s published chamber compositions, that is, three of his total of four such works of this genre, have now been recorded. This beautiful romantic music displays Radecke’s independent talent coupled with consummate compositional artistry and a fine feel for formal perfection. Read less

Customer Reviews

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 Gorgeous Music and Performance!! April 3, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "With this new recording, we once again encounter CPO living up to what has become its undeniable trademark, that of introducing unknown or unfamiliar music of magnificent quality to an otherwise unsuspecting world of classical music lovers. In this case, it is the chamber music, specifically the excellent piano trios, of German composer Robert Radecke, who had a multi-faceted career as composer, teacher, conductor, and music director throughout the last half of the 19th century. Thus, he was witness to, and a part of, the full maturing of the Romantic Era- arguably Europe's musical 'golden age.' This new CPO disk presents Radecke's two piano trios (Op. 30 and 33) and a short collection of pieces for cello and piano. One of the most apparent and appealing characteristics of the piano trio is its inherent ability to let each instrument (violin, cello, and piano) sing its song with clarity and precision, with little or no possibility of becoming buried in the blended sound of a larger ensemble. This is why I have always been a fan of the piano trio, and I have come to believe that, given the appropriate material, the piano trio rises to the level of the great quartets and quintets of the chamber music repertoire. Radecke's 2 sublime trios have this quality, expressing some of the most elegant, impressive music I've heard in this genre for quite some time. Switzerland's Trio Fontane clearly understands this, as they play Radecke's works with razor-sharp precision and passionate intensity. If you think you need some justification for this assertion, try this example. Check out cellist Jonas Kreienbuhl and pianist Andrea Wiesle at work in Radecke's Three Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano. What you'll hear is the true audio expression and definition of the aesthetic term 'lyrical,' a joyful, songlike romp of about 12 minutes, with cello and piano trading punches in a glorious musical duel. In short, here is a disk certain to convince even the most skeptical of listeners who might doubt the character of the piano trio format. Don't hesitate on this new CPO release- it's all I've made it out to be..... and more. Strongly recommended!" Report Abuse
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