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Landscape with a Circular Temple by Hendrik van Lint (1684-1763)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDD22069
Recording details: March 1998
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1999
Total duration: 24 minutes 16 seconds

'This repertoire has been recorded by some world-famous artists in the past, but no performances have given me as much pleasure as these. A real treat' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An oustanding pair of discs' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The most sensitive reportage that these works have enjoyed since the advent of digital recording' (The Independent)

'A remarkably gifted young ensemble who bring classical elegance to these glorious works' (Classic CD)

'[A] startlingly good debut' (The Scotsman)

'Here is the finest string ensemble in Britain' (Daily Mail)

'One of the best and most beautiful ensembles to emerge blinking into the sunlight from London's conservatoires in recent years' (The Evening Standard)

String Trio in D major, Op 9 No 2
composer
by March 1798

Allegretto  [8'04]
Rondo: Allegro  [6'23]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Trio No 2 in D major exploits a key that is regarded as ‘natural’ to the violin. The solo part is in fact frighteningly difficult—hard to bow, hard to tune successfully, difficult to play ‘instinctively’; once again it resembles the Sonata Op 10 No 3 which is full of technical challenges for the pianist. We are led to contemplate whether the composer (who was certainly, in Opus 10, still composing music to play himself) was aware of all the problems he was presenting to his violinist, although it is known that he did have some knowledge of how to play the instrument. Incidentally, D major had been traditionally a celebratory key, even a happy one, but this String Trio seems rather more serious and challenging, in the true manner of the later Second Symphony.

from notes by Stephen Daw © 1998

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