Magazine article Gramophone

Rontgen: 'String Trios, Vol 1'

Magazine article Gramophone

Rontgen: 'String Trios, Vol 1'

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Rontgen [C]

'String Trios, Vol 1'

String Trios--No 1, Op 76: No 2, 'Dvorak';

No 3; No 4, 'Walzer Suite'

Lendvai String Trio

Champs Hill [F] CHRCD068 (61'. DDD)

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Julius Rontgen (1855-1932) was hugely prolific, his output extending to around 500 works. It is fair to say that he probably wrote too much, often composing not one or two works in a given genre but four or five, often in the same year. There are 16 string trios, the first four of which were written between 1915 and 1919. The next nine were then produced in threes in 1920, 1923 and 1925 respectively.

Fifteen of the trios are unpublished (No 1 was printed in 1924), languishing unplayed in a Dutch archive. Taking the present group of four, their neglect is astonishing given the freshness of melodic and thematic invention they display (something his works are often criticised for lacking but here deriving from Dutch folk music), their craftsmanship of construction and sheer joie de vivre. …

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