Quartetto Raro – Kempff: Chamber Music (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 59:10 minutes | 527 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Brilliant Classics
The pianist Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991)belonged to that tradition of German musicians –notably including conductors such as Furtwangler, Klemperer and Walter – for whom composition hardly less essential a component of their musical personalities than performing, even if it was an activity they largely undertook privately. Working day to day with imperishable masterworks by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, they did not expect to meet such standards, yet their own creative voices required an outlet through more than recreation of others. Left cold by the musical innovations and developments of their own time in the work of Schoenberg and Stravinsky, they wrote in a heightened Romantic idiom, and in genres –especially song and chamber music – which lay separately from their own professional activity as performers.
Both chamber works presented here date from Kempff’s youth. The Piano Trio was composed in 1911, when Kempff was 16, and bears a clear Brahmsian influence in thematic conduct and emotional landscape, through the guidance of Kempff’s teacher Robert Kahn, who had himself been a student of Brahms. The Quartet is scored for the more unusual combination of flute, violin, cello and piano. It dates from 1920, and was composed on the island of Capri during a period of recuperation from a serious illness which had laid him low during a concert tour of Sweden. Thus the second movement is based on a Swedish folk theme and the finale ends with a whirlin Tarantella di Taormina, in the tradition exemplified by Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’Symphony of German musicians letting Italian sunshine into their work.
The Quartet is led by the flautist Ginevra Petrucci, who also contributes a booklet essay on Kempff’s career as a composer to the album. Now based in the US, Petrucci has made several well-received recordings for Brilliant Classics, among them Romantic-era concertos by Briccialdi (95767BR) and a ‘winning’ (MusicWeb International) album of chamber music by the Polish-US immigrant Robert Muczynski (95433BR).
1. Quartet in G Major, Op. 15: I. Andante. Allegro 06:42
2. Quartet in G Major, Op. 15: II. Adagio con melancolia, semplice 10:41
3. Quartet in G Major, Op. 15: III. Menuet 04:36
4. Quartet in G Major, Op. 15: IV. Introduzione e finale 10:21
5. Trio in G Minor: I. Andante 06:32
6. Trio in G Minor: II. Presto 06:32
7. Trio in G Minor: III. Moderato 06:26
8. Trio in G Minor: IV. Vivace 07:20
Ginevra Petrucci, flute
Giovanni Auletta, piano
Lorenzo Fabiani, violin
Francesco Sorrentino, cello