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Trios - Released September 1, 2017 | BIS

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There is a world of difference between Hindemith’s First Trio, composed in 1924 “on a train” as the composer stated in his own catalogue, and his 1933 Second Trio. While the first features some of these relentless, almost Prokofievian, rhythmic and thematic elements, the second rolls out its extremely sophisticated contrapuntal language along a soft lyrical canvas (with a touch of humour here and there) specific to later Hindemith. There is also a world of difference between Hindemith’s Trios and Schoenberg’s, written in 1946, soon after the composer almost died from a heart attack. Granted, the thematic structure is based on a dodecaphonic series, but after a brief adjustment period, it becomes impossible not to notice countless tiny tonal, harmonic waves skilfully hidden below the overall texture. The composer was quoted saying this particular work was “a description of his illness”, most probably with a fair share of dark humour. Thomas Mann claimed that Schoenberg told him he had secretly represented his medical treatment, the nurse and everything else in his music. Hanns Eisler, for his part, thought he had discovered which chords represented the injections… Ouch! Typically Schoenberg. Trio Zimmermann is made up of three great international soloists: violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra. And all three play on Stradivariuses, no less! © SM/Qobuz

Chamber Music - Released December 6, 2011 | BIS

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Beethoven's trios for violin, viola, and cello remain among his least-played works. They seem to point back to the occasional chamber music of the Classical period, and if they're not given the proper attention, that's exactly what they do. But Beethoven himself thought enough even of the very early String Trio in E flat major, Op. 3 (1794), to supervise a keyboard arrangement of the work in the 1810s, and the Op. 9 set heard here, composed in 1798, is almost as ambitious as the group of Op. 18 string quartets that followed it by about a year, and for which it can be seen as a kind of study. The hard, weighty performances by the Trio Zimmermann command attention for these works. Hear the way it sculpts out the jagged opening melodic material of the climactic String Trio in C minor, Op. 9/3, or lay into the quasi-orchestral finale of the first trio of the set. There's a good deal of motivic work here that forecasts the density of Beethoven's mature chamber music language. The trio's Stradivarius and Guarneri instruments boom out attractively under the care of BIS' engineers, who worked in two different spaces: the first and third trios were recorded at a former Swedish music academy, and the second at a Berlin concert hall. The sonic environment is none the worse for that, and the album is a prime pick for anyone in search of these trios, which now seem to play a greater role in Beethoven's early output than has been realized.

Trios - Released May 6, 2014 | BIS

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