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Hummel: Piano Trios / Beaux Arts Trio


Release Date: 05/12/1998 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 446077   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Ida KavafianPeter WileyMenahem Pressler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are delightful, intelligent and witty performances of some very attractive music. Hummel’s career ranged from his beginnings as a child prodigy and pupil of Mozart in 1780s Vienna to an honoured old age in Goethe’s Weimar of the 1830s, with all that went between in some of Europe’s most turbulent years. As far as music was concerned, there was, for a start, Beethoven, with whom Hummel had slightly awkward relations. The Op. 12 work is fresh and untroubled, taking delight in the easy mastery of counterpart that was one of Hummel’s qualities, and the Beaux Arts Trio play it with a lively sense of enjoyment that suits it ideally. At the other end of his career, he still had the quick ear for instrumental textures that can invite the Read more sense of humour which has the players almost sending up the bass grunts in the Andante, before leaping into a sparkling account of the so-called Rondo alla russa.

Hummel was not a profound composer, but he was an immensely talented one and the variety of his invention is remarkable. He never forgot Mozart, as can be heard in the G major Trio of 1811, and he kept an ear on current developments without changing his essentially classical approach to music. Romantic ideas were accommodated rather than imitated or seriously taken up. The Beaux Arts players understand the balance well, and do excellent justice to a composer who earns better attention today. There is a great deal of pleasure to be had from these engaging performances of some charming music.'

John Warrack, GRAMOPHONE (02/1998)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 12 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Ida Kavafian (Violin), Peter Wiley (Cello), Menahem Pressler (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1803; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings in G major, Op. 65 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Menahem Pressler (Piano), Peter Wiley (Cello), Ida Kavafian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1815; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 96 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Menahem Pressler (Piano), Peter Wiley (Cello), Ida Kavafian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1822; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings in G major, Op. 35 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Menahem Pressler (Piano), Peter Wiley (Cello), Ida Kavafian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1811; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 12: I. Allegro agitato
Piano Trio in G major, Op. 65: III. Rondo. Vivace assai e scherzando

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 1st Tier Music from So-Called 2nd Tier Composer November 5, 2013 By E. Barnes (Dunn Loring, VA) See All My Reviews "We are hard on our composers, aren't we? Hard and unfair. Johann Nepomuk Hummel is an excellent composer. His piano concertos sing like no others (well, maybe Saint-Saens). So why do we treat him like a second tier composer? Probably because he was not out there in the forefront of innovation and originality. But his music is still quite wonderful, and this CD is a great example of Hummel at his finest. The Beaux Arts Trio, at this time consisting of Pressler, Kavafian and Wiley, are totally dedicated to bringing out the best in the four trios they selected. Do give it a listen and see if you don't agree. Unfortunately, the Beaux Arts never recorded the other three trios Hummel wrote, but they are available by a group called Voces Intimae on a single disc." Report Abuse
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