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Piano Trio, Op 54
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'Arnold: Chamber Music, Vol. 1' (CDH55071)
Arnold: Chamber Music, Vol. 1
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Movement 1: Allegro con fuoco
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Vivace energico

Piano Trio, Op 54
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The main themes of the first movement of the Piano Trio (first performed by the St Cecilia Trio in 1956) are grave and song-like; but first, violin and cello demand attention with a rhetorical unison, the piano appending three distinct comments which are to play important roles later in the movement. In the central movement, the violin follows the cello in a two-part canon, the piano responding with a consoling sequential phrase, and the process repeats in inversion. The emotional temperature rises in a more richly scored middle section, falls again as the canon is resumed. The seven-bar opening unison of the last movement establishes the harmonic basis for the eleven variations which follow. Variations 3, 4 and 5 form a triple variation in which piano, violin and cello in turn carry forward the semiquaver movement; 7 and 8, a double canonic variation. A brief but weighty coda brings the Trio to an end conclusively and without unnecessary ceremony.

from notes by Hugo Cole © 1988

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Details for CDH55071 track 14
Allegro con fuoco
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-17114
Duration
4'16
Recording date
18 December 1984
Recording venue
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
Hyperion usage
  1. Arnold: Chamber Music, Vol. 1 (CDA66171)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: August 1988
    Deletion date: January 2001
    Superseded by CDH55071
  2. Arnold: Chamber Music, Vol. 1 (CDH55071)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: January 2001
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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