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String Trio
completed on 7 October 1944; the second movement theme is Ta Knezdubdks vez (The Spire of Knezdub)

'Brundibár' (CDA67973)
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Movement 1: Allegro
Movement 2: Variations on a Moravian Folksong: Lento
Movement 3: Molto vivace

String Trio
In his music Klein united the two prevalent musical trends in Czechoslovakia at the time—the Viennese chromaticism of Schoenberg and Berg, and the national, folk-based style of Janácek. The String Trio belongs to the latter world and is in a classical three-movement structure.

The opening Allegro is a rhythmic perpetuum mobile with a scurrying first figure and a slightly slower, folk-like theme over a drone accompaniment. The slow movement, a theme and variations, forms the heart of the work. The theme is an elegiac Moravian folksong called Ta Knezdubská vez (‘The Spire of Knezdub’) with a strong dotted rhythm which Klein uses as a motif in several of the variations. After the presentation of the ten-bar theme, there are eight variations of contrasting moods and textures. Closing a satisfyingly symmetrical work, the short Molto vivace finale returns to a rhythmic, folk-like character, but with a strong contemporary edge.

from notes by Simon Broughton © 2013

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Details for CDA67973 track 12
Recording date
29 February 2012
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Brundibár (CDA67973)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: February 2013
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