Magazine article Gramophone

Reger: String Trios-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Reger: String Trios-No 1

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String Trios--No 1, Op 776; No 2, Op 1416.

Piano Quartet No 2, Op 133 (a)

Trio Lirico with (a) Detlev Eisinger pf

Audite (C) AUDITE97 714 (84' * DDD)

Once read, it's hard to forget, but best to lay aside Reger's claim for his Op 11b String Trio as satisfying the demands of his age for a new Mozart. 'Even more beautiful' it may be than the Flute Serenade with which it shares an opus number, but the trio's least far-fetched claim to cast some flickering shadow of Mozartian lightness of spirit lies in a divertimento-like character most pleasingly heard in a Larghetto which shares the formal, spacious layout and grave beauties of the gardens in Potsdam and the Nymphenburg. The rough, stamping humour of the subsequent Scherzo rather coarsely banishes any lingering illusion of imperial (or Classical) finesse, though the finale makes partial amends with a Haydnesque turn of dialogue and brevity.

If the steam of dumplings still rises from Reger's better-known chamber and orchestral music for some listeners--I'm rather partial to a dish of Griessklosschen myself--then they should find the calorie count more to their taste in the attenuated textures of the string trio, even in the more densely woven fines of Op 141 b. …

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