CARL REINECKE (1824-1910): Piano Trios No. 1 in D, Op. 38 and No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 230, 2 Serenades for Piano Trio, Op. 126, LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Triple Concerto, Op. 56 (piano trio version by Reinecke).

Catalogue Number: 01X028

Label: CPO

Reference: 555 476-2

Format: CD

Price: $33.98

Description: The first trio of 1853 still has a few echoes of Schumann. In his two Serenades (1873), great ambition is in evidence, despite the light tone of these works: the texture is more relaxed than it was in the first trio, and the thematic material is concise and forms the core for rich elaboration. The second trio of 1894 places considerable demands on the interpreters, not only in the composition’s structural and motivic aspects but also purely technically in the field of precision ensemble playing. The beautiful harmonic features of the work are enormous, and the tight contrapuntal structure reveals a composer highly schooled in convention as well as wielding powers of musical invention and ambition beyond the reach of a good many of his younger contemporaries. 2 CDs. Hyperion Trio.

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