Piano Trio Op.102 (1907-08) [42:33] Largo from Trio in B – Fantasie caractéristique (1889)
[11:53] Largo from Suite Im alten Stil Op. 93a (1906)
Trio (Hagen Schwarzrock (piano); Oliver Kipp (violin);
Katharina Troe (cello))
rec. Hannover Congress Centrum, Beethovensaal, July 2007 THOROFON
There’s one major work
here, the Op.102 Trio written in 1907-08. It has a full
complement of romantic turbulence, is powerfully argued,
and renews speculation – other than questions of mere length – as
to why Reger’s best chamber music is not played more. I
suppose the same goes for most of Reger, a composer one
feels who is more honoured in the breach, even now.
The Hyperion Trio plays
op. 102 with good tight ensemble, responding to the urgency
of the writing with well-scaled assurance. The confidently
heavy scherzo goes well – the notes call it “quirky” though
it’s not especially so or at least not in this performance.
The slow movement certainly has a noble character and is
played with refinement with the more dramatic and contrastive
central panel played with a good appreciation of the ebbing
and flowing of the material. The notes describe this movement
as “meditative-pious.” The finale is capricious, with mock
striding figures and rather military – if half heartedly
militaristic – motifs. Lyric reminiscence balance the extroversion
and the striking, confident conclusion seals a good performance
of a work that should be heard more often. The Göbel trio has recorded it on Etcetera
KTC1077 and a trio led by that exploratory violinist Renate
Eggebrecht has also recorded it on Troubadisc TROCD 01414.
The Largo from
the Trio in B – Fantasie caractéristique – is a
much earlier work dating from 1889. It’s cast in a noble
Beethovenian form. Once again there’s plenty of turbulent
lyricism though I think it’s not unreasonable to note an
element of salon phrasing from time to time. Reger may
well have been thinking of the Archduke trio here, in which
case he has not successfully assimilated his model to his
own style. The final work is the Largo from the
Suite im alten Stil Op. 93a, which dates from 1906.
This is the slow movement from a popular suite for violin
and piano, arranged by the violinist of the Hyperion-Trio,
Oliver Kipp The composer performed the popular work with
such as Ysaÿe, Henri Marteau and Carl Wendling. During
the War Reger wrote an orchestral version though this slow
movement had won popularity and had also been published
separately. It’s charmingly done in this trio form.
fine case is made for the big Trio in this performance
and the two ancillary works, brief though they are - and
in the case of the Im alten Stil suite strictly
speaking un-Regerian – offer a programme of real enjoyment.
The recording is fine and not inflated; notes are by the
expert Jürgen Schaarwächter.
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