STRAVINSKY: Tango ( (1940). Piano-Rag-Music (1919). Three Movements
from Petrouchka (1922). HINDEMITH: Suite for Piano Op. 26 (1822), PIano
Sonata, Op 167 (1920),
KORNGOLD: Piano Trio, Op. 1. ZEMLINSKY: Piano Trio, Op 3
Early 20th Century Viennese schmaltz in full bloom. This SACD presents two early piano trios by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (his Op, 1, written 1909 - 1910), and Alexander Zemlinsky dating from 1896. The latter originally was composed for clarinet, cello and piano. Here we have the later version with piano, violin and cello. It is intriguing that my computer readout for this disk identifies this music as a "clarinet trio." The Stefan Zweig Trio, named after the famous Viennese writer, consists of Sibila Konstantinova, piano; Kei Shirai, violin, and Tristan Cornet, cello. Since 2012 they have been recogniuzed for their passionate playing, and they surely do all that can be done for theseViennese works. Excellent audio. You can see this music performed by the Trio on You Tube.
Beginning in 2017, harmonica virtuoso Konstantin Reinfeld and pianist Benyamin Nuss have collaborated on concerts of music written for or arranged for their two instruments. Reinfeld plays a diatonic 10-hole instrument that is capable of producing a remarkable range of sounds. The program features music of Bach, Bartók, Andrzej Korzinski, Pixinguinha, Masashi Hamauzu, Chick Corea, Kaoru Wada, and Jacob Do Bandolin, as well as works and improvisations by the two soloists. No information is given about venue of the recording, but from the photo is appears to be a church. Engineers have captured the distinctive sound of the harmonica with the greatest clarity, and you will be surprised at much you will hear. You can sample the two artists on You Tube where you will find much of the music on this recording.
R.E.B. (June 2019)