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Northern Lights
– Jeremy Siepmann interviews Simon Crawford-Phillips of the Kungsbacka Trio


This collection of great chamber music brings together nine giants of music in works which reveal their most immediate and individual expressive worlds: proof if ever any was needed that less can be much, much more.

The term ‘chamber music’ broadly implies music on an intimate scale performed by a limited number of musicians. The heart of civilized 18th-century European musical culture is best represented by that most perfect of forms the string quartet, developed by Haydn and Mozart into models of elegance and expressive balance. Embracing instruments new for his time, Mozart’s chamber music also resulted in sublime masterpieces such as the Clarinet Quintet, but it was Beethoven who expanded the length and complexity of the string quartet to its limits. Beethoven left an indelible mark of progress and change on every genre of music, and both the ‘Archduke’ Trio and ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata are milestones in chamber music history.

Beethoven’s romantic independence of spirit and powerfully personal musical language was carried forward by Schubert and Mendelssohn, both of whom introduced emotion-enhancing literary sentiments into their expressive range. The symphonic proportions of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet places it at the pinnacle of the classical line through Mozart and Beethoven, but romantic ideals in music were already being applied to the cause of national identity. Antonín Dvořák’s ‘Dumky’ Trio takes its name from a ballad of lament, integrating national dance elements to create a distinctive Czech and Bohemian flavor. The move away from German stylistic examples by the Russian ‘mighty handful’ can be heard in Borodin’s soulful String Quartet No 2. Innovation in chamber music can be found everywhere, but there are few such works as striking as César Franck’s Violin Sonata, a flawless synthesis of classical proportion and the spirit of romanticism in its cyclic development of a single theme.

Disc 1

Haydn, Franz Joseph

  String Quartet No. 32 in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3, Hob.III:39, "The Bird"
1.   I. Allegro moderato 00:07:00
2.   II. Scherzo: Allegretto 00:02:46
3.   III. Adagio ma non troppo 00:06:11
4.   IV. Rondo: Presto 00:02:50
  String Quartet No. 53 in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, Hob.III:63, "The Lark"
5.   I. Allegro moderato 00:06:34
6.   II. Adagio - Cantabile 00:06:44
7.   III. Menuetto: Allegretto 00:03:26
8.   IV. Finale: Vivace 00:02:17
  String Quartet No. 62 in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor"
9.   I. Allegro 00:06:47
10.   II. Poco adagio, cantabile 00:08:00
11.   III. Menuetto 00:04:46
12.   IV. Finale: Presto 00:05:19
  Keyboard Trio No. 25 in G Major, Hob.XV:25, "Gypsy Rondo"
13.   I. Andante 00:06:05
14.   II. Poco adagio 00:05:19
15.   III. Rondo all'Ongarese: Presto 00:03:22

Disc 2

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K. 285
1.   I. Allegro 00:06:55
2.   II. Adagio 00:02:43
3.   III. Rondo 00:04:26
  String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387
4.   I. Allegro vivace assai 00:08:02
5.   II. Menuetto: Allegro (Allegretto) 00:08:54
6.   III. Andante cantabile 00:07:45
7.   IV. Molto allegro 00:05:33
  String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516
8.   I. Allegro 00:10:09
9.   II. Menuetto 00:05:24
10.   III. Adagio ma non troppo 00:07:35
11.   IV. Adagio - Allegro 00:10:12

Disc 3

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky"
1.   I. Introduzione: Andante con moto - Allegro vivace 00:10:57
2.   II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto 00:09:18
3.   III. Menuetto: Grazioso 00:05:07
4.   IV. Allegro molto 00:06:01
  String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131
5.   I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo 00:08:01
6.   II. Allegro molto vivace 00:03:00
7.   III. Allegro moderato 00:00:50
8.   IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile 00:13:43
9.   V. Presto 00:05:19
10.   VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante 00:02:02
11.   VII. Allegro 00:07:06

Disc 4

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost"
1.   I. Allegro vivace e con brio 00:07:14
2.   II. Largo assai ed espressivo 00:09:47
3.   III. Presto 00:08:56
  Piano Trio No. 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 97, "Archduke"
4.   I. Allegro Moderato 00:12:34
5.   II. Scherzo: Allegro 00:06:24
6.   III. Andante cantabile ma pero con moto 00:12:06
7.   IV. Allegro moderato 00:07:24

Disc 5

Schubert, Franz

  Piano Quintet In A Major, Op. 114, D. 667, "Die Forelle" (The Trout)
1.   I. Allegro vivace 00:13:21
2.   II. Andante 00:07:27
3.   III. Scherzo: Presto 00:03:55
4.   IV. Thema with Variations: Andante 00:07:14
5.   V. Finale: Allegro giusto 00:06:52

Mendelssohn, Felix

  String Octet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20
6.   I. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco 00:14:15
7.   II. Andante 00:07:22
8.   III. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo 00:04:19
9.   IV. Presto 00:05:53

Disc 6

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
1.   I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto 00:11:42
2.   II. Andante con variazioni 00:15:07
3.   III. Finale: Presto 00:06:27

Franck, César

  Violin Sonata in A Major, M. 8
4.   I. Allegretto ben moderato 00:06:18
5.   II. Allegro 00:08:52
6.   III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato - Molto lento 00:07:42
7.   IV. Allegretto poco mosso 00:06:05

Disc 7

Mendelssohn, Felix

  Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49, MWV Q29
1.   I. Molto allegro ed agitato 00:09:31
2.   II. Andante con moto tranquillo 00:06:40
3.   III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace 00:03:45
4.   IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato 00:08:26

Schubert, Franz

  Piano Trio No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 99, D. 898
5.   I. Allegro moderato 00:15:15
6.   II. Andante un poco mosso 00:10:09
7.   III. Scherzo: Allegro 00:06:38
8.   IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace - Presto 00:09:22
  Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897, "Notturno"
9.   Piano Trio in E - Flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897, "Notturno" 00:10:09

Disc 8

Dvořák, Antonín

  Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166, "Dumky"
1.   I. Lento maestoso - Allegro vivace, quasi doppio movimento - Tempo I - Allegro molto 00:04:22
2.   II. Poco adagio - Vivace non troppo 00:07:15
3.   III. Andante - Vivace non troppo - Andante - Allegretto 00:05:54
4.   IV. Andante moderato (quasi tempo di marcia) - Allegretto scherzando - Meno mosso - Allegro - Moderato 00:05:16
5.   V. Allegro 00:04:06
6.   VI. Lento maestoso - Vivace, quasi doppio movimento - Lento - Vivace 00:04:49

Borodin, Alexander Porfir'yevich

  String Quartet No. 2 in D Major
7.   I. Allegro moderato 00:08:26
8.   II. Scherzo: Allegro 00:04:48
9.   III. Notturno: Andante 00:08:26
10.   IV. Finale: Andante - Vivace 00:07:12

Disc 9

Schubert, Franz

  String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"
1.   I. Allegro 00:17:08
2.   II. Andante con moto 00:15:52
3.   III. Scherzo: (Allegro molto) 00:04:07
4.   IV. Presto 00:09:54

Dvořák, Antonín

  String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American"
5.   I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:07:10
6.   II. Lento 00:07:38
7.   III. Molto vivace 00:04:12
8.   IV. Finale: Vivace ma non troppo 00:05:39

Disc 10

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
1.   I. Allegro 00:09:13
2.   II. Larghetto 00:05:55
3.   III. Menuetto 00:07:35
4.   IV. Allegretto con variazioni 00:09:32

Brahms, Johannes

  Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
5.   I. Allegro 00:12:39
6.   II. Adagio - Più lento 00:10:57
7.   III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento 00:04:37
8.   IV. Con moto 00:08:54

Total Playing Time: 11:45:15

Beethoven, Ludwig van; Borodin, Alexander Porfir'yevich; Brahms, Johannes; Dvořák, Antonín; Franck, César; Haydn, Franz Joseph; Mendelssohn, Felix; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Schubert, Franz

Auer String Quartet; Budapest Haydn Quartet; Danubius Quartet; Eder Quartet; Gould Piano Trio; Joachim Trio; Kodaly Quartet; Kungsbacka Piano Trio; Ludwig Quartet; Moyzes Quartet; Stuttgart Piano Trio; Villa Musica Ensemble

Balogh, Jozsef; Fehervari, Janos; Gerard, Jean Claude; Jando, Jeno; Nishizaki, Takako; Onczay, Csaba; Rener, Boris; Toth, Istvan

Label: Naxos

Series: Boxed Sets

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Classical; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.501064

Barcode: 730099106443

Physical Release: 04/2013

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