HENRI MARTEAU (1874-1934): Vol. 1 - Berceuse and Andantino for Violin and Piano, Op. 2, Nos. 1 & 3, Chaconne for Viola and Piano, Op. 8, Partita for Flute and Viola, Op. 42, No. 1, 8 Lieder for Voice and String Quartet, Op. 10 (all First Recordings), MAX REGER (1873-1916): 2 Stucke for Cello and Piano, Op. 79e, Aria from Suite for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Op. 103a (cello version by Reger).

Catalogue Number: 08S031

Label: Solo Musica

Reference: SM 229

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: As famous as any other top violinist of his age at the time, Marteau was the son of a French father and German mother and was a professor at the Berlin Academy of Music when war broke out in 1914. He was interned as an enemy alien for the length of the war and when it was over the French treated him as a traitor too. His technique was shot and he had no prestigious position for the rest of his life. So that’s why there’s only one recording of his music on CD (a clarinet quintet). So let’s hope this HausMarteau-sponsored series is successful since, unlike the many virtuoso violinst/composers who wrote lots of showpieces and salon pieces, Marteau was a serious composer with a symphony and a cello concerto among much else and his short violin/viola pieces here are moody, with a hint of nostalgia, the Partita a serious example of neo-classical “in the Old Style” pieces and his Lieder cycle from 1905 has the expressive chromaticism of the vocal movements of Schoenberg’s second string quartet or of Respighi’s Il tramonto; there are no texts but the notes tell us that, with all but one of them to poetry by Marteau’s first wife, we’re not missing any literary treasures. No texts (!). Hans Kalafusz, Yi Li (violins), Hariolf Schichtig, Jürgen Weber (viola), Reiner Ginzel (cello), Andrea Lieberknecht (flute), Yumi Sekiya, Gitti Perner (piano), Julie Kaufmann (soprano).

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