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Trio Zimmermann play Hindemith & Schoenberg

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Catalogue numberBIS-2207 SACD
Release date2017-08-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time60:00

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Following their acclaimed recordings of the works for string trio by Mozart and Beethoven, Trio Zimmermann make a great leap in time. Arnold Schoenberg and Paul Hindemith were both at the avant-garde epicentre of the 1910s and 1920s, but their future paths could hardly have been more different. Whereas Schoenberg would go on to have a decisive influence on twentieth-century modernism with his dodecaphonic music and the Second Viennese School, Paul Hindemith gradually renounced his rebellious early music, eventually becoming something of an anachronistic loner.

The relatively early String Trio No. 1 (1924) already betrays the composer's interest in the forms and textures of baroque music. It opens with a flittering Toccata, going on to offer a contrapuntal web in its slow movement and ends with a double fugue. The contrapuntal textures are present also in the Second String Trio, but the neotonal language and general atmosphere point forward to later, large-scale works such as Mathis der Mahler.

In 1933, the year Hindemith composed his second trio, the political developments in Germany caused Arnold Schoenberg to leave Europe for the U.S.A. (Hindemith would follow in 1940.) It took him considerable time before he found his feet in this new environment and continuing financial and professional worries probably contributed to a serious heart attack that struck him down in August 1946. The String Trio, Op. 45, begun shortly before the heart attack and completed a month after it, is the disturbing expression of this extreme near-death experience. It also presents one of the greatest challenges in the entire string repertoire – in fact Schoenberg considered easing the technical difficulties by expanding the trio into a quintet.
 
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  Composer: Hindemith, Paul
  String Trio No.1, Op.34 19:29
01 I. Toccata. Schnelle Halbe 04:51 $ 1.16 USD
02 II. Langsam und mit grosser Ruhe 06:13 $ 1.49 USD
03 III. Mässig schnelle Viertel 01:37 $ 0.39 USD
04 IV. Fuge. Sehr lebhafte Halbe... 06:48 $ 1.63 USD
 
  String Trio No.2 21:54
05 I. Mäßig schnell 07:37 $ 1.83 USD
06 II. Lebhaft 06:10 $ 1.48 USD
07 III. Langsam - Schnelle Halbe... 08:07 $ 1.95 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
  String Trio, Op.45 18:30
08 Part 1 01:51 $ 0.44 USD
09 1st Episode 05:16 $ 1.26 USD
10 Part 2 03:09 $ 0.76 USD
11 2nd Episode 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
12 Part 3 05:42 $ 1.37 USD
 
  Album total 60:00
ComposerHindemith, Paul
Schoenberg, Arnold
String ensembleTrio Zimmermann

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