FERDINAND THIERIOT (1838-1919): Piano Quintet in D, Op. 20, String Sextet in D, Theme and Variations for 2 Cellos and Piano, Op. 29.
Catalogue Number: 05L058
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0080
Description: We offered a Thieriot disc on Arte Nova way back in late 1997 and lamented the lack of information about his life. Much more is available here and we also find out that most of his music was plundered by the Soviets after the war and ended up in Leningrad, only being returned to Hamburg, where he lived the last several decades of his life, in 1991. Thieriot's early works are pure Biedermeyer - lovely, amply spun-out cozy melodies in a style deriving from Mendelssohn and Schumann, although with a penchant for surprising harmonic treatment. The relaxed and lovely piano quintet from 1869 compares not unfavorably with those by Brahms and Schumann and the sextet (no date known) is of a sweetness and peacefulness to compare with the sextets by Brahms and Dvorák. The notes mention 10 symphonies - later works influenced by Bruckner! If only... Hamburg Chamber Players.