REGER: STRING TRIO IN A MI­NOR OP 77B; PI­ANO QUAR­TET IN D MI­NOR OP 113

Aperto Pi­ano Quar­tet

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Naxos 9570785 Where did the pi­ano quar­tet go af­ter Brahms? Into a heav­ily tex­tured chro­matic over­growth, sug­gests the Pi­ano Quar­tet in A mi­nor that Max Reger com­pleted in 1910. Reger was at the time pre­par­ing a per­for­mance of Brahms’s Pi­ano Quar­tet in C mi­nor, and his own heav­ily bur­dened pi­ano quar­tet is, to make a culi­nary anal­ogy, like an in­tense re­duc­tion of Brahm­sian style. The in­flu­ence in the String Trio in A mi­nor of 1904 is classical, and stemmed from the com­poser’s con­tention that “what our present age lacks is a Mozart”. The per­for­mances by the Aperto Pi­ano Quar­tet, whose mem­bers in­clude the Vogler Quar­tet’s vi­ola player Ste­fan Fehlandt, are sym­pa­thet­i­cally re­spon­sive to th­ese two highly con­trasted rar­i­ties of the cham­ber mu­sic reper­toire. www.naxos.com

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