Pi­ano Trios (SACD MDG 942 2017-6)

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A rar­ity (Hein­rich von Her­zo­gen­berg, any­one?) plus some clas­sic com­posers and … Philip Glass, but in all his glory.

Hein­rich von Her­zo­gen­berg was a com­poser caught be­tween com­pet­ing mu­si­cal camps. His early works were avant-garde, but he even­tu­ally set­tled in with the con­ser­va­tives. The trios here are in the clas­si­cal cham­ber mu­sic tra­di­tion, though very much Brahm­sian (the com­poser was von Her­zo­gen­berg’s mu­si­cal hero). The two trios were writ­ten six years apart in 1876 and 1882 and lis­ten­ers will be tempted to com­pare them to Brahms’ trios from the same pe­riod. Her­zo­gen­berg comes off very well. The broad theme of the Al­le­gro sug­gests nu­anced ro­man­tic lyri­cism and the Andante is even more im­pres­sive for be­ing less overtly Brahm­sian. Both works ex­hibit moments where he just marks time and some­times misses just a mod­icum of rhyth­mic drive. As for the play­ing of Vi­enna Pi­ano Trio, and the record­ing qual­ity, I have nought but un­stint­ing praise

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