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American Classics - Foote: Piano Trios, Etc / Arden Trio


Release Date: 07/18/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559039   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arthur Foote
Performer:  Clay RuedeThomas SchmidtSuzanne Ornstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arden TrioArden Trio members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Even though American composer Arthur Foote (1853-1937) lived well into the 20th century, his music is definitely a product of 19th century Romanticism, particularly German Romanticism. This isn't to say his music is derivative, but it does hark back to modes established by Mozart, Schumann and Brahms, all of which seem to militate against the nationalistic use of any sort of American folk melodies. (Was he consciously trying to avoid sounding like Stephen Foster, the reigning folk-melodist of the time?) Whatever Foote might have been attempting in these chamber works, they certainly still delight. Oddly, parts of the perky Piano Trio 1 (especially the second movement) tap into Dvorak's and Brahms' ethnic
Read more tunefulness. But again, Foote isn't a Dvorak or Brahms wannabe. Both of the Piano Trios captured here are charming in the way they cleverly intermingle aspects of each instrument's unique character. The Melody for Violin and Piano, a clear sonata, was written in 1899 and sounds as if Schumann could have penned it, with the violin taking the role of the human voice (soprano or tenor, take your pick). The final work here is the Ballade for Violin and Piano of 1910, more of a duo than a sonata. Overall, this is an enjoyable collection of surprisingly delightful music, more European than American in disposition. The performers play about as well as we have any right to expect, and they're captured in an excellently balanced, vivid recording.

--Paul Cook, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello no 1 in C minor, Op 5 by Arthur Foote
Performer:  Clay Ruede (Cello), Thomas Schmidt (Piano), Suzanne Ornstein (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arden Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882/1884; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Carriage House, Stamford, Connecticut 
Length: 31 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano in B flat major, Op. 65 by Arthur Foote
Performer:  Clay Ruede (Cello), Suzanne Ornstein (Violin), Thomas Schmidt (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arden Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Carriage House, Stamford, Connecticut 
Length: 20 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
Melody for Violin and Piano, Op. 44 by Arthur Foote
Performer:  Suzanne Ornstein (Violin), Thomas Schmidt (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arden Trio members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Carriage House, Stamford, Connecticut 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4.
Ballad for Violin and Piano in F minor, Op. 69 by Arthur Foote
Performer:  Suzanne Ornstein (Violin), Thomas Schmidt (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arden Trio members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Carriage House, Stamford, Connecticut 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 5: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 5: II. Allegro vivace
Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 5: III. Adagio Molto
Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 5: IV. Allegro comodo
Piano Trio No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 65: I. Allegro giocoso
Piano Trio No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 65: II. Tranquillo
Piano Trio No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 65: III. Allegro molto
Melody, Op. 44: Melody for Violin and Piano, Op. 44
Ballade, Op. 69: Ballade for Violin and Piano, Op. 69

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