Pixis: Piano Trios

Pixis: Piano Trios

by Leonore Piano Trio

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Overview

The music of German composer Johann Peter Pixis has been largely forgotten, and he is remembered, if at all, for a possibly salacious episode involving the young Chopin during his first years in western Europe, and as the dedicatee of Chopin's "Grand Duo Concertant." (The tale is questioned by annotator Jeremy Nicholas.) Leonore Piano Trio sets out to revive his music and has some success; its performances here catch the large, public flavor of these trios, which incline toward Hummel above all. The "Grand Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 75," in fact, is dedicated to Hummel and in the outer movements has the spacious design of some of Hummel's chamber works. Its strongest movement, however, is the artless central Andante con moto, which could easily have been by Schubert and moreover, was in all likelihood written with no prior knowledge of that composer; Pixis spent much of the 1820s in Paris. It is marked as being based on a theme in an unknown opera by Pixis. The four-movement "Piano Trio No. 3 in B minor, Op. 95," is in much the same vein and also features a memorable slow movement. The final "Trio Concertant No. 1" also uses themes from an unknown opera (this one by George Onslow) and is an intriguing example of a collaborative work, "composed together with the Bohrer brothers." Again, its central movement, with its colorful variations including a triple pizzicato/staccato passage, is the most interesting. Nicely recorded, as usual, by Hyperion, this is certainly of interest to lovers of music in the second quarter of the 19th century, at which time Pixis would have been a familiar name.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2018
Label: Hyperion Uk
UPC: 0034571282077
catalogNumber: 68207
Rank: 139692

Tracks

  1. Trio Concertante No. 1 (on motifs from Onslow's "Colporteur")
  2. Piano Trio No. 3 in B minor, Op. 95
  3. Grand Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 75

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