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Julius Röntgen: String Trios Nos. 1-4 / Lendvai String Trio

Album Summary

>Röntgen, Julius : String Trio no 1 in D major, Op. 76
>Röntgen, Julius : String Trio no 2 in A minor ("Dvorak")
>Röntgen, Julius : String Trio no 3 in E minor
>Röntgen, Julius : String Trio no 4 in D major ("Walzer Suite")
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Lendvai Trio embark on a series of CDs of the complete String Trios by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen (1855-1932). The trio's journey began in 2007 when they stumbled across Röntgen's first string trio (the only one published to date), and soon after discovered that there are fifteen more, carefully stored in handwritten manuscript form in the Netherlands Music Institute in the Hague. A major award - The Kersjes Prize - and support from Champs HIll Records has enabled this project to be realized. A unique feature of these works is its numerous references to traditional Dutch tunes and dances. Roentgen's interest in folk music was largely due to his friendship with Edvard Grieg, with whom he traveled through Norway in search of Norwegian folk songs. For Röntgen it became important to do the same for the traditional music of Holland, and he considered the dissemination and popularization of his national music as one of his most important tasks. The Lendvai Trio are: Dutch violinist Nadia Wijzenbeek, Swedish violist Ylvali Zilliacus and British cellist Marie Macleod. Since their Wigmore Hall debut in 2006, the Lendvai String Trio has had a busy schedule of concerts at major venues throughout Europe, including several re-invitations to Wigmore Hall, recitals at King's Place, the Barbican and Purcell Room in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Musikaliska in Stockholm.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
In general they're brief, with scarcely a wasted note. Their tunes are lively, their structures clear and easily grasped. Trio 1 begins with a gentle dance movement and good counterpoint. Its second subject has a tinge of Brahms's Hungarian mood. II, a fine theme over a slow trilling figure, would make an even better work scored for full string orchestra. IV, a tribute to Bach, is a passepied with variations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (03/20/2013-03/22/2013).



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>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : String Trio no 1 in D major, Op. 76
  • Performer: Lendvai String Trio (Trio)
  • Ensemble: Lendvai String Trio
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (03/20/2013-03/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : String Trio no 2 in A minor ("Dvorák")
  • Performer: Lendvai String Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (03/20/2013-03/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 08/1919

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : String Trio no 3 in E minor
  • Performer: Lendvai String Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (03/20/2013-03/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 08/1919

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : String Trio no 4 in D major ("Walzer Suite")
  • Performer: Lendvai String Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (03/20/2013-03/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 08/1919