MENDELSSOHN, FELIX & FANNY Complete Piano Trios. Hrvoje Jugovic, Maria Bader, Dorothea Schonwiese, Silvia Schweinberger. Brilliant Classics 2cds

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Mendelssohn Felix And Fanny Complete Piano Trios Brilliant Classics 2Cds

MENDELSSOHN, FELIX & FANNY

Complete Piano Trios

CD1

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy 1809–1847

Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op.49

1 I. Molto allegro agitato

2 II. Andante con moto tranquillo

3 III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace

4 IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato

Trio for piano, violin and viola in C minor (1820)

5 I. Allegro

6 II. Scherzo

7 III. Adagio

8 IV. Allegro

Total time

CD2

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy 1809–1847

Piano Trio No.2 in C minor Op.66

1 I. Allegro energico e con fuoco

2 II. Andante espressivo

3 III. Scherzo: Molto allegro quasi presto

4 IV. Finale: Allegro appassionato

Fanny Hensel née Mendelssohn 1805–1847

Piano Trio in D minor Op.11

5 I. Allegro molto vivace

6 II. Andante espressivo

7 III. Lied: Allegretto

8 IV. Finale: Allegro moderato

Hrvoje Jugović - piano

Maria Bader - Kubizek violin

Dorothea Schönwiese - Guschlbauer cello

Silvia Schweinberger – viola

The father of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn eagerly facilitated their artistic upbringing. Felix’s musical career took off from a young age and he was dubbed by Robert Schumann as ‘the Mozart of the 19th century’, while his similarly talented older sister was expected to keep music only as a hobby. This did not stop her from composing many pieces for playing in the home, some of which were later published under Felix’s name. She is considered the most important female composer of the era.

This collection brings together the Piano Trios of the siblings. Felix’s unusually scored Trio for piano, violin and viola in C minor was written when he was just ten years old; beginning with a Baroque style theme, its elfin motif, as featured later, is a clear precursor to the music of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op.49, which prefigures this work on the recording, dates from Felix’s mature period and boasts a spectacular piano part, which the composer himself played at the premiere (the first movement has been referred to as a ‘perfect synthesis of the mastery of Classical form with Romantic diction’); Op.66, meanwhile, is a passionate and exciting work – his penultimate chamber piece and one that revisits elfin themes in the Scherzo, ending in a resplendent Bach style chorale. The last work featured on the set, Fanny’s Piano Trio contains a virtuosic piano part that begins with dramatic tremolos but later evolves into a calm, harp like accompaniment, with a dance like finale revisiting the second theme to provide a jubilant end to the collection.

At the keyboard is Hrvoje Jugović, who plays four different historical pianos throughout the recording. His fellow musicians are violinist Maria Bader-Kubizek, cellist Dorothea Schönwiese-Guschlbauer and violist

Silvia Schweinberger.

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