Strauss (R): Duet-Concertino; Beethoven: Trio; Glinka: Trio pathétique
The Princess & the Bear

The Duet-Concertino is one of those lyrical, bittersweet scores from Strauss’s Indian summer. Laurence Perkins argues that behind the notes lies a hitherto little-known programme—whence the album’s title—and that this misunderstood work has good claims to be regarded as Strauss’s final tone poem.

CDA68263  76 minutes 7 seconds
‘Watts does ravishing things with the great clarinet melody with which the work opens, to which Perkins responds with a gruffness that gradually broadens into deeply felt lyricism. There’s plenty of w ...
‘Don’t overlook this gem of a recording … the Strauss Duet-Concertino, a seldom-recorded and hitherto misunderstood work, is worth the cover price alone … the solo performances are first-rat ...
‘With attractive playing from all concerned and an unusual and appealing programme this Hyperion release is easy to recommend’ (MusicWeb International)