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Rontgen: 'String Trios, Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

Rontgen: 'String Trios, Vol 2'

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Rontgen 'String Trios, Vol 2' String Trios--No 5; No 6; No 7; No 8 Lendvai String Trio Champs Hill [F] CHRCD087 (69' * DDD)

The Lendvai Trio's previous disc of Rontgen string featuring Nos 1-4, was one of the great surprises of the year to date: four delightful chamber works, warmly lyrical, quirky in expression with little of the longueurs or repetitiveness to which this composer sometimes fell victim, all superbly played by the Lendvai Trio and caught in excellent sound by Champs Hill. Could the next batch maintain the same level of quality all round?

Well, the answer is a resounding 'yes'. Rontgen may have churned trios out in unusually large numbers, often in rapid succession--Nos 5-7 here were written a few months apart in 1920, with No 8 following in 1923--but he clearly had a real talent for these intimate dialogues, not intended as public statements. The writing is lean, with a rather Classical (or neoclassical) feel. …

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