The London Conchord Ensemble presents a double-disc of music from Vienna including works by Beethoven, Berg, Mozart, Schoenberg, Johann Strauss II and Zemlinksy
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
– Clarinet Trio No. 2 In E-Flat Major K. 498 ‘Kegelstatt’
– Piano Quintet In E-Flat Major K. 452
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
– Piano Quintet In E-Flat Major Op. 16
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) arr. Webern
– Kammersymphonie No.1 In E Major Op. 9
Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
– Trio In D Minor For Clarinet, Cello & Piano Op. 3
Alban Berg (1885-1935)
– Adagio From Kammerkonzert
Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), Arr. Schoenberg
– Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltzes), Op. 437
Catalogue No: CHRCD115
“...effervescent music-making...Richly recorded and abundantly annotated, this is a superb collection.”— The Arts Desk
A CD of mixed chamber music by four generations of composers from St Petersburg. Rare classics include Glinka’s Trio Pathetique for clarinet, bassoon and piano; Balakirev Octet; Glazunov String Quintet; and Shostakovich Piano Trio No.1
“… highly entertaining … played with style and verve by the London Conchord Ensemble… a rare treat …”— The Observer
Francis Poulenc: Complete Chamber Works
All Poulenc’s chamber works, including both the sonatas for solo instruments and lesser-known gems such as the sonata for two clarinets, the Elegie for Horn and Piano, and the sonata for clarinet and bassoon.
“This is an excellent, spirited two-CD set encompassing 14 works for various combinations. The London Conchord Ensemble manifestly relish what Poulenc has to offer, playing with panache, wit and discreet sensitivity in performances that are a constant joy.”— Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone Magazine
Loeffler, Duruflé, Pierné
A CD of wonderful early twentieth-century chamber music for mixed ensemble by the minor French masters Pierné (Sonata da Camera for flute, cello and piano) and Duruflé (Prelude, Recitatif et Variations for flute, viola and piano); together with pieces by the Alsatian Charles-Marie Loeffler for oboe, viola and piano, and voice, viola and piano. Loeffler’s music is a heady mix of French impressionism and German late Romantic chromaticism.
“There is an elegiac tone to Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola and piano and tinges of regret and bliss to the voice of Dazeley, echoed by the wistfulness and caprice of the Duruflé.”— The Telegraph
Bach concertos on modern instruments with single strings.
“Definitely worth adding to your Bach concertos collections”— Musical Pointers
Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907) is an Austrian composer whose finely crafted chamber music is unjustly neglected. He was a close friend of Richard Strauss, and was the dedicatee of Strauss’ tone poem “Don Juan”.
George Crumb: The Voice of the Whale
The American George Crumb is one of the greatest living composers, whose music is a unique blend of unusual instrumental techniques and a very refined tonal palette. The Voice of the Whale is a work from the early 1970s for amplified flute, cello and piano, inspired by whale song, and is arguably the finest work for flute trio since the Baroque age. The remainder of the disc comprises Crumb piano works.
Brahms Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano/Niels Gade Fantasy Pieces
Conchord’s clarinettist and pianist play Brahms’ late great Sonatas op.120 no.1 and no.2 for clarinet and piano, and the four charming and characterful Fantasy Pieces by Brahms’ Danish contemporary, Niels Gade.
Bach Flute Works
Daniel Pailthorpe (flute), Julian Milford (piano), and the London Conchord Ensemble play Bach’s Sonata in B Minor and Sonata in A Major for flute and keyboard; Bach’s Partita for solo flute; and Bach’s Flute Suite in B Minor.
Though Lovers be Lost
Music for oboe and piano spanning a thirty-year period around the two World Wars, including Britten’s Temporal Variations and Finzi’s Interlude.
“The arrangement of Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin does work … both players catch the blend of elegance and heartache in these pieces: the central Fourlane and Menuet are particularly poignant.”— Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine
A CD of music for violin and piano from early twentieth century Paris, including Milhaud’s suite from “Le Boeuf Sur le Toit”, Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne”, and the Poulenc Violin Sonata.