Zemlinsky / Goldmark / Gal: Piano Trios - Irnberger / Cernitori / Sinaiski

Zemlinsky / Goldmark / Gal: Piano Trios - Irnberger / Cernitori / Sinaiski

Gramola  98933

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Chamber

Gal: Piano Trio Op. 49b, Goldmark: Piano Trio Op. 33, Zemlinsky: Piano Trio Op. 3

Thomas Albertus Irnberger (violin)
Attilia Kiyoko Cernitori (cello)
Evgueni Sinaiski (piano)

Trio compositions by great admirers of Brahms are the subject and contents of this new CD by the successful young Austrian violinist Thomas Albertus Irnberger and his chamber music partners Attilia Kiyoko Cernitori (cello) and Evgueni Sinaiski (piano). Like a leitmotif, both stylistic elements and also the spirit of the great master of German Romanticism link the works of this compilation, whose dates of publication mark a period of 70 years, from 1879 to 1949, and whose composers fell prey to censorship and suppression by the Nazi regime due to their Jewish origins: Carl Goldmark's Trio for Pianoforte, Violin and Cello, Op. 33, the Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 3 by Alexander Zemlinsky and Hans Gál's Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 49b.

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Review by Adrian Quanjer - November 12, 2016

Short review

Lovers of piano trios, who have already most of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert and Brahms, to name but a few, and still are on the lookout for something else, will find here an excellent answer to their quest: these are all three serious and melodious, late romantic compositions meriting our full attention.

Why didn’t we know these gems?

Apart from being more or less successors of Brahms’ style, they were Austro-Hungarian, perhaps even more Hungarian than Austrian of Jewish descent. Karl Goldmark was, like Hans Gál born in a Jewish family, whereas Alexander (von) Zemlinsky’s forebears were Roman Catholic, but converted to Judaism. During the darkest period of past century, these composers fell, solely for their religious belief, victim to Nazi censorship, and it took some time before they were ‘rediscovered’.

None of the three can be seen as prolific composers, though they did do some remarkable things, like these three piano trios. And what is more, they are played here by first rate performers: Thomas Albertus Irnberger, drawing beautiful tones from his violin, more than adequately supported by the young Japanese-Italian cello player, Attilia Kiyoko Cernitori, with her warm musicianship, and the experienced pianist, Evgueni Sinaiski, one of Irnberger’s regular partners.

I’m confident that you will like these works for what they are: most enjoyable and well written poems of fine music, rising well above fin de siècle ‘salon’ material.

Extensive liner notes provided in German and English. Sound is roomy and well balanced.

Normandy, France

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