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Paul Wranitzky was born in the same year as Mozart, 1756, and died a year before Haydn, 1809. As a leading figure in the musical life of Vienna he knew both of them and featured in Beethoven’s career too. Born in Moravia Wranitzky’s early education seemed to anticipate a career in the church, but his abilities as a violinist and fledgling composer gradually began to move the focus of his life towards becoming a freelance musician in Vienna.
The three trios on this disc were compo- sed in the later 1780s and early 1790s just as Wranitzky was beginning to establish himself as a major figure in Vienna’s music life. His easy mastery of the medium in terms of a balanced and continually varying sonority is evident in all three
works. The sound is a rich one and all three players contribute to the dialogue, exchanging material informally as in the first movements of Op.17 No.1 or taking it in turn as in the variations that open Op.3 No.1.
Ensemble Cordia have specialised in historically informed, stylish performances of the music of this period, unearthing much neglected but lovely music in the process. Their previous disc on Brilliant Classics was of chamber music by Paul Wranitzky’s son Anton, and it won critical success.
• Includes booklet notes by the Beethoven scholar David Wyn Jones.
• World premiere recordings, made in 2010. Read less
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Great World Premiere Recording May 1, 2016
By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews
"The string trio is a category of chamber music that appears less frequently than its illustrious big brothers, the string quartet and quintet. Nevertheless, the trio is a highly attractive form of chamber music, with its crisp, leaner sound allowing emphatic interactions among the 3 string instruments. A native of Moravia in what is now the Czech Republic, Paul Wranitzky (sometimes identified as Pavel Vranicky) was a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn in the late 18th century. As heard on this excellent Brilliant Classics CD, his string trios show the refined elegance characteristic of Vienna from this era. The Ensemble Cordia. an Italian chamber music group that also uses guest players from all over (on this recording, the violinist is American Stanley Ritchie), really gets into it, and the result is an intimate, authentic, and absolutely convincing recording. This is a world premiere recording of lofty standards, and I definitely recommend it to all chamber music lovers out there in 'Arkivmusic Nation.'"