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Reinecke, Carl: Trio for Violin, Viola and Violoncello op. 249 (1898)

Edited by Michael A. Kimbell and violinist Nandor Szederkenyi
Published 1996 by Musica Rara/Bärenreiter (MR2230)
30 min

The String Trio op. 249 in C minor was probably composed around 1898, not long after the Cello Sonata op. 238 (dedicated to the shades of Brahms), and like the latter suggests a deeply moving homage to Brahms. It is at once the culmination of the classic-romantic string trio tradition of the late 18th-early 19th century and the forerunner of the revival of the string trio in the 20th century. Like Beethoven's op. 9 trios, Reinecke's trio can almost be called a quartet without the second violin: form and texture are handled so superbly that one never feels the lack of the fourth instrument.
It has been recorded by the Belcanto Strings on MDG 634 0841-2.
       
    “Good trios for violin, viola, and ‘cello are far too few, but Reinecke’s op. 249 is among the number. The contrapuntal and formal writing is masterly, and the quality of the music itself matches the excellence of the technique.”
--Wilhelm Altmann in Cobbet’s 1929 Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music.

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