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BIS present two major works for horn, violin and piano, bringing together Johannes Brahms, generally regarded as the great traditionalist of the late 19th century, and György Ligeti, born 90 years after Brahms, and one of the most innovative and progressive figures of his time.
The death of Brahms’s mother had a great impact on his Trio, especially on the elegiac third movement.
Ligeti composed his trio to be performed during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Brahms’s birth.
The two trios frame a substantial, newly composed piece for horn solo written by Kalevi Aho with the present recording in mind.
Marie-Luise Neunecker is acclaimed as a chamber musician as well as soloist: György Ligeti wrote for her one of his last works, the Hamburg Concerto for solo horn and chamber orchestra. She is joined by Antje Weithaas and Silke Avenhaus, both appearing for the first time on the BIS label.
Johannes Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40
I. Andante - Poco piu animato
II. Scherzo: Allegro - Molto meno allegro - Allegro
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
Kalevi Aho: Solo X
Gyorgy Ligeti: Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, "Hommage a Brahms"
I. Andantino con tenerezza
II. Vivacissimo molto ritmico
III. Alla marcia - Piu mosso tempo primo
IV. Lamento: Adagio
“Neunecker has a fascinating horn sound. She distinguished effectively between open and stopped timbres, but even her open sound is quite narrow and constrained...any new recording [of the Brahms] has to fight on the merits of its performance. Fortunately then, this one stands favourable comparison with the best of them.”