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LEOPOLD STRING TRIO
Marianne Thorsen violin Lawrence Power viola Kate Gould cello Bach (arr. Mozart) Adagios & Fugues No.s 2 & 5 K404a Reger String Trio in A minor Op.77b Webern String Trio Op.20 Beethoven String Trio in G major Op.9 No.1 A larger-than-life character and prolific writer, Reger took Bach and Mozart as his models, at a time when most composers were embracing the avant-garde. His String Trio, written in 1915, was a companion piece for his Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola imitating Beethoven, whose Serenade written for the same combination was followed by the Op 9 String Trios. Beethoven’s Op.9 trios were little performed in his lifetime because of their technical difficulty. Webern, created music of great clarity and emotional coolness also described as difficult. It was Schoenberg who quipped, "My music isn’t modern, it’s just badly played." ‘Eloquent and sublime’ in performance however, the playing of the Leopold Ensemble is warmly recommended. "the most meaningfully nuanced, cohesive and sheerly musical live performance this pair of ears has ever heard" The Independent