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Piano Trio, Op 54

'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
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 CDA66171 track 16
Vivace energico
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 16
    Release date: August 1988
    Deletion date: January 2001
    Superseded by CDH55071
  2. Arnold: Chamber Music, Vol. 1 (CDH55071)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: January 2001
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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