Dedicated to Haydn

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This collection of 18 piano trios dedicated to Haydn is itself an homage on the centennial anniversary of another Haydn homage: a collection of six piano pieces commissioned in 1909 by the Revue Musicale Mensuelle de la S.I.M. That project resulted in works by Ravel, Debussy, Dukas, Reynaldo Hahn, d'Indy, and Widor; inasmuch as those works are not well known, it might have been interesting to juxtapose them with the present pieces in some way. As it is, the new trios fill three CDs. They are divided into an unusual set of categories, "Austria," "Europe," and "Continents," but the categories are mixed together in the program itself. One test for a musical tribute is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This collection of 18 piano trios dedicated to Haydn is itself an homage on the centennial anniversary of another Haydn homage: a collection of six piano pieces commissioned in 1909 by the Revue Musicale Mensuelle de la S.I.M. That project resulted in works by Ravel, Debussy, Dukas, Reynaldo Hahn, d'Indy, and Widor; inasmuch as those works are not well known, it might have been interesting to juxtapose them with the present pieces in some way. As it is, the new trios fill three CDs. They are divided into an unusual set of categories, "Austria," "Europe," and "Continents," but the categories are mixed together in the program itself. One test for a musical tribute is whether you might guess the honoree without having prior background information, and certainly that's not a problem here; several pieces contain direct quotations from Haydn's music mostly not trios, which may not have been the best choice for the project as a whole, and each one handles the quotations in a different way. One of the choice contributions is "Haydn-Destillate" by German composer Dieter Schnebel CD 3, tracks 2-3, which begins with the finale of Haydn's "String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 33/2, The Joke," and variously either synthesizes or further atomizes its elements. Also making use of Haydn directly are Lalo Schifrin's "Elegy and Meditation" CD 3, track 1 and William Bolcom's "Introduction and Rondo: Haydn Go Seek" CD 2, track 1, and it is a pleasure to have contributions from these two aging giants of composition in the Western hemisphere. The pieces that do not refer directly to Haydn's thematic material are generally in modern idioms. They fall roughly into four groups: those that take Haydn's tightly knit thematic structure as a starting point, those influenced more generally by his humorous mood, those that use single features of Haydn's music that connote something to non-Western hearers, and those with more tenuous connections. Among the most intriguing is "Two Nguni Dances" by South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen, which could fall into both the second or third categories; Ndodana-Breen states as his inspiration Haydn's use of folk or folk-like melodies, adapting them to African polyrhythms transferred to the piano trio medium, and fitting with the Haydn spirit surprisingly well. A few works feel as though they were already in progress and then had the Haydn label slapped on top, but generally an intriguing collection that could serve as a useful overview of the question of how contemporary composers see their work in relation to the High Classical tradition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Capriccio
  • UPC: 845221070209
  • Catalog Number: 7020
  • Sales rank: 94,894

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 ... und licht ..., for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Gerhard Krammer (13:14)
  2. 2 The Night will not draw on, for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & John Woolrich (10:12)
  3. 3 Piano Trio, Op. 59 - Xiao-gang Ye & Betsy Jolas (8:07)
  4. 4 Piano Trio No. 2, DWV 52 - Betsy Jolas & Johanna Doderer (11:09)
  5. 5–6 Nguni Dances (2), for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Bongani Ndodana-Breen (6:57)
  6. 6 Piano Trio No. 4 ("Hekkan 2") - Betsy Jolas & José María Sánchez-Verdú (6:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Haydn Go Seek, rondo for piano trio - William Bolcom & Betsy Jolas (10:33)
  2. 2–4 Haydntrio, for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Jury Everhartz (6:05)
  3. 3 Kagetsu, etude for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Yui Kakinuma (10:35)
  4. 6–8 Lieber Joseph!, for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Jacqueline Fontyn (9:06)
  5. 9–10 An Haydn (To Haydn), for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Helmuth Hödi (11:14)
  6. 10 Torso No. 6, for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Márton Illés (8:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Elegy and Meditation, for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Lalo Schifrin (11:08)
  2. 2–3 Haydn-Destillate, for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Dieter Schnebel (9:09)
  3. 3 Übermalung (Overpainting) No. 1, for piano trio, Op. 20 - Betsy Jolas & Gernot Schedlberger (9:22)
  4. 4 Calliope Dreaming, for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Elena Kats-Chernin (7:11)
  5. 5 Ah! Haydn, for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Betsy Jolas (11:36)
  6. 6 Schatten.risse (Shadow.cracks), for piano trio - Betsy Jolas & Elisabeth Harnik (8:38)
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Haydn Trio Eisenstadt Primary Artist
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