Carl REINECKE (1824-1910)
Trio op. 188 for oboe, horn and piano in A minor (arr. for trumpet,
trombone and piano) [23:14]
Heinrich von HERZOGENBERG (1843-1900)
Trio op. 61 for oboe, horn and piano in D major (arr. for trumpet,
trombone and piano) [22:29]
York BOWEN (1884-1961)
Ballade op. 133 for oboe, horn and piano in F major (arr. for trumpet,
trombone and piano) [14:35]
Andre Schoch (trumpet); Michael Massong (trombone); Friedrich Höricke
rec. Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster, Germany, 22-24 July 2014.
MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM 603 1912-2 [60:45]
I must admit that I am not a fan of transcriptions and much prefer to hear
music in its original form. However, I enjoy the works of the three
composers featured on this disc so any chance to hear their music performed
is a boon.
Carl Reinecke studied with Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt and was the
musical director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig between 1860-1895.
There he gave many premiere performances including that of Brahms’s
. He was also a great teacher, with the list of
his students reading like a composers' "Who’s Who" of late
nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Musically he is primarily
remembered for his Flute Sonata “Undine”, although he composed in most
genres including operas, symphonies, concertos, solo instrument and five
string quartets. The Trio
is an attractive four movement work with
an almost humorous Scherzo second movement. This arrangement rather
heightens the humour.
I have been interested in Heinrich von Herzogenberg for a while now and
have managed to accumulate some very interesting discs, mainly on CPO. Born
in Graz in Austria in 1843, Herzogenberg’s music, like that of Reinecke, is
also romantic in nature. Regarded as a great teacher he it was who advised
Vaughan Williams to study with Bruch. His Trio
is also in four
contrasting movements, and whilst I would love to hear this work with an
oboe instead of a trumpet, this transcription works well.
by the English composer, York Bowen, fares less well.
This instrumental combination doesn’t suit the music as well as it does the
previous two pieces. Maybe this is due to the multi-faceted form of this
single movement work. I feel that the trumpet fails to hit the spot in the
slower more delicate sections. This is no fault of the performers, as their
playing is, as with the previous two works, excellent. The oboe would
however be a much better match.
Beautifully balanced and natural sound is a plus of this disc as are the