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HELPS, R.: Chamber Music with Piano - Piano Trios / Piano Quartet / Quintet / Duo (Helps in Berlin) (Helps, Atos Trio, Spectrum Concerts Berlin)

    

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HELPS, R.: Chamber Music with Piano - Piano Trios / Piano Quartet / Quintet / Duo (Helps in Berlin) (Helps, Atos Trio, Spectrum Concerts Berlin)

This recording is an exploration of Robert Helps’s ‘subtle sound world’ (ClassicsToday.com on Naxos 8.559199), and his shared history with Spectrum Concerts Berlin. Highly regarded as a ‘musician’s musician’, Helps is featured as both composer and pianist. Postlude is suffused with an atmosphere of reminiscence, and the flow of ‘endless melody’ in the Piano Quartet is comparable to Scriabin. Associations with the Second Viennese School are heard in the poetic Quintet and the virtuoso Fantasy, while the two Piano Trios mark the stylistic boundaries of his career. Helps’s Shall We Dance for piano (CD 2, Track 12) was among his last recordings.



Disc 1

Helps, Robert

  Postlude
1.   Postlude 00:08:43
  Fantasy
2.   Fantasy 00:06:57
  Piano Quartet
3.   I. Prelude 00:05:32
4.   II. Intermezzo 00:02:22
5.   III. Scherzo 00:03:19
6.   IV. Postlude 00:04:38
7.   V. Coda - The Players Gossip 00:02:01
  Duo
8.   Duo 00:08:10
  Quintet
9.   I. Moving 00:05:54
10.   II. Relentlessly (without inflection) 00:02:24
11.   III. Dolce e legato 00:05:37


Disc 2

Helps, Robert

  Piano Trio No. 1
1.   I. Mesto 00:05:37
2.   II. Molto marcato - Molto allegro 00:04:18
3.   III. Maestoso 00:04:41
  Piano Trio No. 2
4.   I. Duets: Allegro 00:03:06
5.   II. Horizons: Austere, but intense 00:06:47
6.   III. Toccata frustrata 00:02:30

Mendelssohn, Felix
Helps, Robert, arranger(s)

  6 Lieder, Op. 71: No. 4. Schilflied (arr. R. Helps for piano)
7.   6 Lieder, Op. 71: No. 4. Schilflied (arr. R. Helps for piano) 00:03:53

Ireland, John
Helps, Robert, arranger(s)

  Love is a Sickness Full of Woes (arr. R. Helps for piano)
8.   Love is a Sickness Full of Woes (arr. R. Helps for piano) 00:02:59

Poulenc, Francis

  Intermezzo in A-Flat Major, FP 118
9.   Intermezzo in A - Flat Major, FP 118 00:04:18

Godowsky, Leopold

  53 Studies on the Chopin etudes (excerpts)
10.   No. 45 in E Major (1st version on Chopin's Nouvelle Etude No. 2) 00:05:52
11.   No. 12 in G - Flat Major (6th version on Chopin's Op. 10, No. 5) 00:03:06

Helps, Robert

  Shall We Dance
12.   Shall We Dance 00:11:20

Ireland, John

  The Darkened Valley
13.   The Darkened Valley 00:03:46

Total Playing Time: 01:57:50






Composer(s):
Godowsky, Leopold; Helps, Robert; Ireland, John; Mendelssohn, Felix; Poulenc, Francis

Arranger(s):
Helps, Robert

Ensemble(s):
ATOS Trio; Spectrum Concerts Berlin

Artist(s):
Dodge, Frank S.; Hehn, Annette von; Helps, Robert; Hoppe, Thomas; Niskala, Naomi

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music; Instrumental

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.559696-97

Barcode: 636943969625

Physical Release: 09/2011

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