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Edward Bache (1833-1858)

Piano Trio in d minor, Op.25

CD: Dutton 7145

Reviewed Spring 2007 

A rather good Mendelssohnian work by very promising young English composer. He handles all of the instruments quite well and puts together a rather appealing mid-romantic work.



Allegro assai

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Four Trios for 2 Violins & Cello, Op.54 No.2, 4-6

CD: Glossa 92200

Reviewed Summer 2007 

The Op.54 trios are said to be the last he wrote for this combination. They date from 1797. All except No.2 are in four movements and all end with a fast movement rather than a minuet which was his earlier method of concluding such works. While there are some movements which have a bit of Spanish melody and rhythm. The part writing is good and not in the concertante style. No unreasonable demands are made of the cello.

Op.54 #2-Movt 1

Op.54 #2-Movt 2

Op.54 #2-Movt 3

Op.54 #4-Movt 1

Op.54 #4-Movt 2

Op.54 #5-Movt 1

Op.54 #5-Movt 4

Op.54 #6-Movt 1

Op.54 #6-Movt 2

Anton Eberl (1765-1807)

Grand Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano in Eb, Op.36

Sonata in Bb, Op.10 No.2 for Clarinet, Cello & Piano

Quintet for Clarinet, 2 Violas, Cello & Piano, Op.41

CD: Ramee 0601

Reviewed Summer 2007 

Grand Trio, despite its opus number is a late work. First class and Mozartean with good parts for all and captivating melodies. The Sonata is basically for clarinet & piano with cello doubling piano left hand. The Quintet is an early work more in the nature of a show piece for piano with only the clarinet getting some innings.





Op.10 No.2-1st

Op.10 No.2-2nd


Anton Eberl (1765-1807)

Sonata in a, Op.10 No.1 for Violin, Cello & Piano

Sonata in Bb, Op.10 No.2 for Clarinet, Cello & Piano

CD: Christophorus 77259

Reviewed Summer 2007 

The Op.10 No.1 Sonata can also be played by the clarinet in lieu of the violin. The writing is similar to Op.10 No.2 in that the cello is relegated to doubling the piano left hand.

Op.10 No.1-1st

Op.10 No.1-2nd

Op.10 No.1-3rd

Adolph Foerster (1854-1927)

Serenade for Piano Trio, Op.61

CD: Albany Troy 692

Reviewed Spring 2007 

This is an appealing. lush, very romantic work which could be performed in concert. Of modest size.

Tempo rubato

Allegro molto

Richard Franck (1858-1938)

Piano Trio No.1 in b minor, Op.20

Piano Trio No.2 in E Flat, Op.32

CD: Audite 97.487

Reviewed Summer 2007 

Piano Trio No.1 is a very appealing mid-Romantic work with good part writing and fine melodies. The opening Allegro is turbulent and impressive while the finale is a whirling tarantella. Trio No.2 sometimes show Brahmsian influence, especially in the exciting Scherzo. The finale features a four part fugue.

Trio 1-Allegro

Trio 1-Andante

Trio 1- Menuetto

Trio 1-Prestissimo

Trio 2-Allegro

Trio 2-Adagio

Trio 2-Scherzo

Trio 2-Allegro


Henry Holden Huss (1862-1953)

Piano Trio in d, Op.23 "The Munich"

CD: Albany Troy 692

Reviewed Spring 2007

A major romantic work by an American composer who studied with Rheinberger. Really first rate. Fine writing with lovely themes. By turns exciting, dramatic and lyrical

Allegro molto




Wilhelm Kienzl (1857-1941)

String Quartet No.1 in b flat minor, Op.22

String Quartet No.2 in c minor, Op.99

String Quartet No.3 in E flat Major, Op.113

CD: CPO 999 805

Reviewed Spring 2007

No.1 (1880)  is turbulent and melodramtic, show the influence of Wagner. Though mostly very good there is some florid writing which is unnecessary. No.2 is extremely fine (from 1919), inspired by the loss of his wife and the "death" of Old Austria, and is a sad and angry work. Programmatic in the sense of Smetana's From My Life Quartet. No.3 (1928) is devoid of the anger and sense of loss of No.2 Tonally shows some affinity with Hugo Wolf & Richard Strauss and is clearly still in the romantic camp. A good work deserving of concert performance.

Qt1- Allegro

Qt1 Minuetto

Qt1 Adagio

Qt 1 Allegro

Qt2 Allegro

Qt2 Adagio

Qt2 Scherzo

Qt2  Moderato

Qt3 Allegro

Qt3 Andante

Qt3 Scherzo

Qt3 Vivacissimo

Carl Loewe (1796-1869)

String Quartet No.1, Op.24 No.1

String Quartet No.2, Op.24 No.2

CD: Musicaphon 56840

Reviewed Spring 2007

The so-called "Schubert of North Germany" strikes out here. No enticing melodies of the sort one finds in his songs. Melodic material threadbare although rhythmic effects at times are quite interesting. His modus operandi appears to be to repeat the same phrase many times before moving on to the next which is also repeated and repeated. Inspiration seems sadly lacking.

Qt 1 Allegro

Qt 1 Presto

Qt 1 Allegro

Qt 2 Allegro

Qt 2 Menuetto

Qt 2 Allegro

Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)

Wind Octet Op.216

Wind Sextet Op.271

CD: Etcetera 1155

Reviewed Spring 2007

Superb and mature works from late in his life. The Octet (1892) is full of ingratiating, original and ingenious themes. The writing shows a deft touch and mastery of the instruments. He creates noble sonorities which are rich and well-balanced. A really fine work. The same remarks can be applied to his Sextet (1905), written when he was 81. Very good use of the horns are made in this work. There even some modern touches which shows the old boy stayed mentally young. Octet-Allegro







Joseph Guy Ropartz (1864-1955)

String Quartet No.2 in d minor (1912)

String Quartet No.3 (1922)

String Quartet No.4 (1934)

String Quartet No.5 (1940)

String Quartet No.6 (1948)

CD: Timpani 1C1099 and 1C1115

Reviewed Summer 2007

No.2 is densely scored, tonally austere, modern for the time, color palette shows influence of impressionists but without their warmth and lyricism. No.3 was intended for amateurs and is in a different style with the melodic lines more discernable. Style closer to the impressionists and with several interesting tonal effects. No.4 is the easiest to understand. Harshness of tone is banished with occasional flashes of Breton folk melody. No.5 is subtitled Quasi un fantasia. In four movements, though very short (15 minutes) it seems long because the movements are played without pause between them. No.6, though more substantial than Nos.3-5, does not represent any change in style.

Qt.2-Movt 1

Qt.2-Movt 4

Qt.3-Movt 1

Qt.3-Movt 2

Qt.4-Movt 1

Qt.4-Movt 2

Qt.4-Movt 3

Qt.4-Movt 4

Qt.5-Movt 1


Qt.5-Movt 3

Qt.5-Movt 4

Qt.6-Movt 1

Qt.6-Movt 2

Qt.6-Movt 4

Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894)

Octet for Piano, Winds & Strings Op.9

Quintet for Piano & Winds55

CD: Orfeo 422041A

Reviewed Summer 2007

The Octet (Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello Bass, Flute, Clarinet & Horn) is an early work (1855) which was originally a piano concerto. Hence it is not surprising that the piano is used in a soloistic way against the orchestral grouping of the others. However, the thematic material is interesting. In the Schmannesque Quintet, while the piano is sometimes treated as a soloist, it is not as pronounced as the Octet and for the most part, the part-writing is good and in chamber music style. Octet-Allegro








Mortimer Wilson (1876-1932)

From My Youth for Piano Trio, Op.5

CD: Albany Troy 692

Reviewed Spring 2007


A suite of eight miniature movements. Light weight, but clever and well written, he is able to convey exactly what he felt. Though slight, it is nonetheless ingenious.

Funeral of a Cat

Tin Soldier Parade

The Little Tea Set

Nikolaus Zmeskall (1759-1833)

String Quartet in g minor

String Quartet in D Major

CD: Hungaroton 32332

Reviewed Spring 2007

An accomplished amateur cellist and close friend of Beethoven wrote 13 unpublished Qts. Though they tend to be in the newer style of pioneered by Haydn and Mozart, in that they are not written in concertante style, they do not sound like those composers. Thematic material is ordinary, but the treatment is good and the music is not boring. These are competent works.

g minor-Allegro

g minor-Adagio

g minor Allegro

D Major Allegro

D Major Adagio

D Maj Allegretto


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