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Track(s) taken from CDD22053

Duo for pianoforte and violin in D major

circa 1858

The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes (piano)
Recording details: December 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 19 minutes 13 seconds


'Cherish this glowing collection of near-masterpieces, played with the utmost sensitivity and panache by the Gaudiers and the always wonderful Susan Tomes' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Piano Quintet comes off marvellously and compares favourably with any performance on record, past or present … delightful performances on which it would be difficult to improve, and excellent recordings too' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'The Gaudier Ensemble is flawless, unfailingly persuasive and play with both vigour and polish which makes this issue irresistible … it is difficult to conceive of better performances than these; each of the players … combines to the highest degree a virtuoso command of his or her instrument, a complete involvement in the score at hand, and perfect blending in ensemble. Hyperion's recording is as pure and natural as one could wish. Even the booklet is a model of what such things should be … any serious collector who has not yet encountered this music should search for this disc ASAP' (Fanfare, USA)
The Duo in D major for violin and piano is one of Berwald’s most neglected pieces. Like the companion Duo in B flat for cello and piano it was written in the latter part of the 1850s; Berwald specialists favour 1858 as its probable date. There are three movements separated only by short pauses, the centre-piece being an Andante, or Romance, in F sharp minor which is folk-like in character and leads into a high-spirited finale. This eventually returns to the main theme of the Romance movement.

from notes by Robert Layton © 1997

Cette œuvre est l’une des plus oubliées de Berwald. Comme son pendant, le duo en si bémol pour violoncelle et piano, elle fut écrite dans la dernière partie des années 1850, les spécialistes de Berwald privilégiant 1858 comme date probable de composition. Ce duo compte trois mouvements séparés seulement par de brèves pauses, le morceau central étant un Andante (ou Romance) en fa dièse mineur, de caractère populaire, qui conduit à un finale plein d’entrain, lequel reprend finalement le thème principal de la romance.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert Layton © 1997
Français: Hypérion

Das Duo in D-Dur für Violine und Klavier ist eines der am meisten vernachlässigten Berwald-Werke. Ebenso wie das Duo in B-Dur für Cello und Klavier wurde dieses Duo zwischen 1855 und 1860 komponiert; Berwald-Kenner geben 1858 als sein wahrscheinliches Entstehungsjahr an. Seine drei Sätze sind nur durch kurze Pausen voneinander getrennt. Der Mittelteil ist ein Andante oder eine Romanze in fis-Moll in volkstümlichem Charakter, der zu einem lebhaften Finale überleitet, welches schließlich zum Hauptthema des Romanzensatzes zurückkehrt.

aus dem Begleittext von Robert Layton © 1997
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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