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Walter Rabl (1873-1940): Clarinet Quartet; Fantasiestücke; Violin Sonata / Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet; Genevieve Laurenceau, violin; Laszlo Fenyö, cello; Oliver Triendl, piano

Album Summary

>Rabl, Walter : Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello & piano, Op. 1
>Rabl, Walter : Fantasiestücke, for violin, cello & piano, Op. 2
>Rabl, Walter : Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 6
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Notes & Reviews:

On the Trail of the Late Brahms "In any case, the best is a piano quartet with clarinet. It is said to be by Rabl, a Nawratil pupil. I know the young man and his music only a little ... Of course I now am keeping him and his piece in mind." Johannes Brahms wrote this very positive judgment about the twenty-three-year-old Walter Rabl's op. 1 in a letter of 1896 to his publisher Simrock. The fact that Simrock did not hesitate long and gladly included Rabl's compositions in his catalogue is not surprising: after all, it is precisely in the said Clarinet Quartet that the spirit of Brahms's chamber music is more clearly felt than it is in the music of almost any other representative of what was then the young generation. The perfect compositional artistry attesting to strict schooling and the melodic richness pervading all the movements in Rabl's op. 1 immediately captivate the listener. In all likelihood Rabl composed his Fantasy Pieces for Piano Trio immediately after the Clarinet Quartet. They are character pieces alternating between lyricism, cantability, and dance. He penned the Violin Sonata op. 6, it too a powerful, richly melodious work in the spirit of Brahms, just prior to the end of the nineteenth century.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
Their reading of the quartet is by far the most satisfying I've heard, and I wonder whether that's partly because they've fully signed up to Rabl in his wider context... as a foursome these musicians make for a beautifully mellifluous grouping, with some lovely tonal dovetailing as they pick up their entries from each other.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz (12/20/2012-12/23/2012).



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>Rabl, Walter : Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello & piano, Op. 1
  • Performers: Laszlo Fenyo (Cello); Wenzel Fuchs (Clarinet); Geneviève Laurenceau (Violin); Oliver Triendl (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz (12/20/2012-12/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Rabl, Walter : Fantasiestücke, for violin, cello & piano, Op. 2
  • Performers: Laszlo Fenyo (Cello); Wenzel Fuchs (Clarinet); Geneviève Laurenceau (Violin); Oliver Triendl (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz (12/20/2012-12/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rabl, Walter : Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Laszlo Fenyo (Cello); Wenzel Fuchs (Clarinet); Geneviève Laurenceau (Violin); Oliver Triendl (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz (12/20/2012-12/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic