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Robert Kahn: Piano Quartet no 2; 7 Songs from "Jungbrunnen" for voice & piano trio; Serenade for String Trio / Hohenstaufen Ens.

Album Summary

>Kahn, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 30
>Kahn, Robert : Lieder (7) aus "Jungbrunnen", for voice & piano trio, Op. 46
>Kahn, Robert : Serenade for string trio
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The music of German composer Robert Kahn, who was also Johannes Brahms' contemporary, was nearly forgotten after World War II. Included on this disc are rarely recorded pieces performed by the Hohenstaufen ensemble, featuring two of Kahn's great granddaughters, Rahel and Sara Rilling.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Like Brahms, Kahn's music is marked by an emotional reserve in favor of attention to structure and technique when compared to other late Romantic composers. This is evident in all of the works on this Hänssler Classic CD, especially in the Piano Quartet which begins the program. ... ... read more ...

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The composer Robert Kahn (1865-1951) was a brother to the financier Otto Kahn, himself a generous and progressive patron of the arts. Robert Kahn was also a teacher; his students included pianists Wilhelm Kempff and Arthur Rubinstein, conductor Ferdinand Leitner, and the composer Gunther Raphael. He mostly composed for chamber groups. In the Quartet (1899) I has a leaping, athletic theme, with an attractive contrasting melody. Brahms's influence is apparent in the music's solid form. II is a set of variations on a plaintive theme attaining an impressive climax around five minutes in. The finale includes some highly sonorous piano writing. The whole work mixes vigor and charm in equal measure. The Serenade for String Trio (1933) has a tonally adventurous first subject. II is a study in perpetual motion with tricky phrase accents. III is a set of variations on an original theme. As in I, the theme at first appears with pizzicato accompaniment. Kahn's variations are concise. The songs (1906) are brief, aphoristic even. 'Nun Stehn die Rosen' has waltz-like charm worthy of Schubert. 'In der Mondnacht' has a melodic arc of prolonged beauty. 'Es Geht ein Wehen Durch den Wald', a duet, sustains its mood over a highly expressive accompaniment. The singing is good in phrasing, pitch and diction. The record is somewhat a family affair. Violinist Rahel Rilling and violist Sara Rilling are daughters of Helmut Rilling, who is in turn Kahn's grandson-in-law.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Evang. Kirche Hohenstaufen (09/30/2012-10/03/2012).



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Works Details

>Kahn, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 30
  • Ensemble: Hohenstaufen Ensemble
  • Notes: Evang. Kirche Hohenstaufen (09/30/2012-10/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899

>Kahn, Robert : Lieder (7) aus "Jungbrunnen", for voice & piano trio, Op. 46
  • Ensemble: Hohenstaufen Ensemble
  • Notes: Evang. Kirche Hohenstaufen (09/30/2012-10/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Kahn, Robert : Serenade for string trio
  • Ensemble: Hohenstaufen Ensemble
  • Notes: Evang. Kirche Hohenstaufen (09/30/2012-10/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933