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Richard Strauss: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2; Works for Piano Quartet / Max Mandel, piano

> Piano Trio No. 1 in A major, TrV 53 - I. Allegro moderato
> Piano Trio No. 1 in A major, TrV 53 - II. Adagio
> Piano Trio No. 1 in A major, TrV 53 - III. Menuetto: Allegretto
> Piano Trio No. 1 in A major, TrV 53 - IV. Allegro vivace
> Piano Trio No. 2 in D major, TrV 71 - I. Allegro moderato
> Piano Trio No. 2 in D major, TrV 71 - II. Andante cantabile ma non troppo
> Piano Trio No. 2 in D major, TrV 71 - III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
> Piano Trio No. 2 in D major, TrV 71 - IV. Finale: Lento assai - Allegro vivace
> Standchen, TrV 114 - Standchen, TrV 114
> Festmarsch, TrV 136 - Festmarsch, TrV 136
> 2 Pieces for Piano Quartet, TrV 169 - No. 1. Arabische Tanz
> 2 Pieces for Piano Quartet, TrV 169 - No. 2. Liebesliedchen
> Concertante, TrV 33 - Concertante, TrV 33

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in A major, o.Op. 37 (TrV 53, AV 37)
>Strauss, Richard : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in D major, o.Op. 53 (TrV 71, AV 53)
>Strauss, Richard : Standchen, for piano quartet in G major (TrV 114, AV 168)
>Strauss, Richard : Festmarsch (no 2) in D major for piano quartet (TrV 136, AV 178)
>Strauss, Richard : Pieces (2) for piano quartet (TrV 169, AV 182)
>Strauss, Richard : Concertante for piano, 2 violins & cello (TrV 33, AV 157)
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Notes & Reviews:

are fi lled with sparkling inventiveness and lyricism. Written at the age of thirteen, his charming Piano Trio No. 1 follows the models of Mozart and Beethoven, and the Piano Trio No. 2 of a year later ventures beyond these sophisticated foundations. Described by The Strad as 'exemplary', the award-winning Amelia Piano Trio is one of the most sought after ensembles of its generation. The Trio's recording of works by John Harbison (8.559243) was hailed for 'performances as fantastic as the compositions themselves' (allmusic.com).

Ritmo
Listening to this album after Elektra we calm the excitement, but could hardly believe that it is the same composer. The short pieces lead to a'''' rosenkavalieriana StSndchen (1882), an effervescent Festmarch (1886), 2 pieces for piano quartet (Arabic Dance Liebesliedchen), very timely and unexpected bis at a concert and a bland Concertante ( 1875), read this and the rest with a boundless passion.

American Record Guide
well played with lively interpretations. The sound is clear... Though most of the music is teenage Strauss, it's melodic and enjoyable...

MusicWeb International
The recording captures the performances well and communicates them to the listener with vivid immediacy. Those interested in Strauss's work will find that this music offers fresh perspectives on the composer's development. At the same time, these works are products of a late nineteenth century chamber-music tradition, a lineage that included a number of outstanding works that would be part of the Strauss household's social and artistic fabric.

Allmusic.com
This Naxos album explores Strauss' very first published chamber compositions, the earliest of which is a work estimated to have been written about 1875, when the composer was all of 11 years old. While they do not demonstrate what was to come in Strauss' mature works, they do illustrate the incredible command over form and structure that the young composer had and are worthwhile works in their own right. Performing is the Amelia Piano Trio, joined for part of the program by violist Max Mandel. This ensemble does an admirable job of treating these pieces not like works by a child, but early examples of a master's mind at work. Their playing is clean, crisp and vibrant, just like Strauss' scores. The addition of the viola for the movements for piano quartet is seamless, creating a well-blended, rich sound. Naxos' sound is pristine and detailed.

The Guardian
Nice performances from the Amelia Trio; viola player Max Mandel joins them for the quartets.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticu (10/08/2008-10/12/2008).



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in A major, o.Op. 37 (TrV 53, AV 37)
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA (10/08/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Strauss, Richard : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in D major, o.Op. 53 (TrV 71, AV 53)
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA (10/08/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Strauss, Richard : Ständchen, for piano quartet in G major (TrV 114, AV 168)
  • Performer: Max Mandel (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA (10/08/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: ?1880-85

>Strauss, Richard : Festmarsch (no 2) in D major for piano quartet (TrV 136, AV 178)
  • Performer: Max Mandel (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA (10/08/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: ?1885

>Strauss, Richard : Pieces (2) for piano quartet (TrV 169, AV 182)
  • Performer: Max Mandel (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA (10/08/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893

>Strauss, Richard : Concertante for piano, 2 violins & cello (TrV 33, AV 157)
  • Performer: Max Mandel (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA (10/08/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875