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


Disc 2

Helps, Robert

  Piano Trio No. 1
1.   Play with flash player I. Mesto 00:05:37
2.   Play with flash player II. Molto marcato - Molto allegro 00:04:18
3.   Play with flash player III. Maestoso 00:04:41
  Piano Trio No. 2
4.   Play with flash player I. Duets: Allegro 00:03:06
5.   Play with flash player II. Horizons: Austere, but intense 00:06:47
6.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Intermezzo in A - Flat Major, FP 118 00:04:18

Godowsky, Leopold

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

Helps, Robert

  Shall We Dance
12.   Play with flash player Shall We Dance 00:11:20

Ireland, John

  The Darkened Valley
13.   Play with flash player 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

Release Date: 09/2011

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