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Helps: Chamber Music With Piano / Helps, Atos Trio, Spectrum Concerts Berlin

Helps / Atos Trio / Schneemann
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559696   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert HelpsFelix MendelssohnJohn IrelandFrancis Poulenc,   ... 
Performer:  Annette von HehnThomas HoppeFrank DodgeNaomi Niskala,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum Concerts BerlinATOS Trio
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording is an exploration of Robert Helps’s ‘subtle sound world’ (ClassicsToday.com on Naxos 8.559199), and his shared history with Spectrum Concerts Berlin. Highly regarded as a 'musician’s musician,' Helps is featured as both composer and pianist. Postlude is suffused with an atmosphere of reminiscence, and the flow of ‘endless melody’ in the Piano Quartet is comparable to Scriabin. Associations with the Second Viennese School are heard in the poetic Quintet and the virtuoso Fantasy, while the two Piano Trios mark the stylistic boundaries of his career. Helps’s Shall We Dance for piano (CD 2, Track 12) was among his last recordings. This recording is an exploration of Robert Helps’s ‘subtle sound world’ (ClassicsToday.com on Naxos 8.559199), and his shared history with Spectrum Concerts Berlin. Highly regarded as a 'musician’s musician,' Helps is featured as both composer and pianist. Postlude is suffused with an atmosphere of reminiscence, and the flow of ‘endless melody’ in the Piano Quartet is comparable to Scriabin. Associations with the Second Viennese School are heard in the poetic Quintet and the virtuoso Fantasy, while the two Piano Trios mark the stylistic boundaries of his career. Helps’s Shall We Dance for piano (CD 2, Track 12) was among his last recordings. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Postlude for Horn, Violin and Piano by Robert Helps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 by Robert Helps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ATOS Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
3. Trio for Piano and Strings by Robert Helps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ATOS Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
4. Quintet for Flute, Violin, Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Robert Helps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
5. Quartet for Piano and Strings by Robert Helps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
6. Fantasy by Robert Helps
Performer:  Annette von Hehn (Violin), Thomas Hoppe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
7. Duo for Cello and Piano by Robert Helps
Performer:  Frank Dodge (Cello), Naomi Niskala (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
8. Songs (6), Op. 71: no 4, Schilflied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Robert Helps (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Notes:  Arrangement: Robert Helps  
9. Love is a sickness full of woes by John Ireland
Performer:  Robert Helps (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Notes: Arrangement: Robert Helps 
10. Intermezzi (3) for Piano: no 3 in A flat major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Robert Helps (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; France 
11. Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 45 in E major (after Nouvelle étude no 2) by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Robert Helps (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
12. Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 12 in G flat major (after Op. 10 no 5) "Right Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Robert Helps (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
13. Shall We Dance by Robert Helps
Performer:  Robert Helps (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
14. The Darkened Valley by John Ireland
Performer:  Robert Helps (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

Sound Samples

Postlude
Fantasy
Piano Quartet: I. Prelude
Piano Quartet: II. Intermezzo
Piano Quartet: III. Scherzo
Piano Quartet: IV. Postlude
Piano Quartet: V. Coda - The Players Gossip
Duo
Quintet: I. Moving
Quintet: II. Relentlessly (without inflection)
Quintet: III. Dolce e legato
Piano Trio No. 1: I. Mesto
Piano Trio No. 1: II. Molto marcato - Molto allegro
Piano Trio No. 1: III. Maestoso
Piano Trio No. 2: I. Duets: Allegro
Piano Trio No. 2: II. Horizons: Austere, but intense
Piano Trio No. 2: III. Toccata frustrata
6 Lieder, Op. 71: No. 4. Schilflied (arr. R. Helps for piano)
Love is a Sickness Full of Woes (arr. R. Helps for piano)
Intermezzo in A flat major, FP 118
53 Studies on the Chopin etudes: No. 45 in E major (1st version on Chopin's Nouvelle Etude No. 2)
53 Studies on the Chopin etudes: No. 12 in G flat major (6th version on Chopin's Op. 10, No. 5)
Shall We Dance
The Darkened Valley

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