VOLKMAR ANDREAE (1879-1962): String Quartet in E Flat, String Trio in D Minor, Op. 29, Violin Sonata in D, Op. 4, 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 20.
Catalogue Number: 05M052
Reference: GMCD 7355
Description: You'll probably know what to expect since this is the third volume of Andreae's chamber music to come from this label. These are all early works, from the 1898 quartet to the 1917 trio, and are marked out - at least the chamber pieces - by a geniality and relaxed optimism that suggests the young Brahms or Mendelssohn in manner if not exactly in style. The only clouds that pass are in the outer movements of the trio which, perhaps, could result from the bloodbath which had been going on next door in France for the previous three years. The piano pieces are attractive Characterstücke in the tradition of Schumann. The Locrian Ensemble of London.