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Luigi Cherubini (1760-1840): String Trios nos. 1 & 2; Giuseppe Cambini (1746-1825): String Trios, Op. 2/1-3 / Trio Hegel

Album Summary

>Cherubini, Luigi : String Trio no 1 in G major (anonymous arrangment of vocal solfeggi)
>Cherubini, Luigi : String Trio no 2 in C major (anonymous arrangment of vocal solfeggi)
>Cambini, Giuseppe Maria : String Trio in F major, Op. 2/1
>Cambini, Giuseppe Maria : String Trio in B flat major, Op. 2/2
>Cambini, Giuseppe Maria : String Trio in E flat major, Op. 2/3
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The renowned Trio Hegel, violin, viola and cello, in this CD is offering to us an extract of the chamber music prevalent in the salons and the courts from the end of the eighteenth century up to the mid/late nineteenth century. The authors of these compositions - Cherubini and Cambini - were both of Tuscan origin, and both worked in Paris (Cherubini there was even director of the Conservatory from 1821) enjoying great fame. The string trios here are compositions rich in nuances and gallantry (according to the taste of the time), always very well made; they represent a summary of what was the typical Parisian hausmusik, bringing the listener to the enchanting atmospheres of Paris in the late nineteenth century.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro Sociale "Eugenio Balzan" Badia Polesine (Ro) (04/2015).



Reviews

Gallant Trios by a Parisian Pair
This collection of world premiere recordings makes for an appealing program. Luigi Cherubini and Giuseppe Cambini, though contemporaries, occupied different roles in the Parisian music scene of the early 1800s. These works show both the connections and the distinctions between the opera composer (Cherubini) and the master of chamber music (Cambini).

Cherubini spent most of his professional life in Paris. Most noted for his operas, he wrote very little chamber music -- and never any string trios. The works on this album are arrangements of his Solfeggio exercises. Though Cherubini wrote these three-part exercises for training singers, they translate quite nicely to the string trio medium. And they work quite well as musical compositions to be enjoyed (rather than just studied).

Cambini was a prominent violinist and a prolific composer (100+ string quartets, 82 symphony concertante, 9 symphonies, etc.). He's sometimes credited with the development of the string quartet in France. And yet he's always been seriously underrepresented in recordings.

The three Cambini trios on this album all come from a set of six published in 1770. The trios are in the gallant style, with the first violin doing most of the heavy lifting. These works are elegantly crafted, and one can hear why Mozart considered Cambini his rival in Paris.

The Trio Hegel has a clean, tight, ensemble sound. Their performances of these pieces have the right amount of expression and emotion with tasteful restraint -- perfectly in line with the aesthetic of the gallant style.
Submitted on 08/26/16 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Cherubini, Luigi : String Trio no 1 in G major (anonymous arrangment of vocal solfeggi)
  • Ensemble: Trio Hegel
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Cherubini, Luigi : String Trio no 2 in C major (anonymous arrangment of vocal solfeggi)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Cambini, Giuseppe Maria : String Trio in F major, Op. 2/1
  • Running Time: 13 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Cambini, Giuseppe Maria : String Trio in B flat major, Op. 2/2
  • Running Time: 15 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Cambini, Giuseppe Maria : String Trio in E flat major, Op. 2/3
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music