HENRI LAZAROF (b.1932): Piano Trio No. 2, Tempi Concertanti for Violin and Piano, 4 Etudes for 2 Violins, Momenti II and Adieu for Solo Violin.

Catalogue Number: 02K094

Label: Centaur

Reference: CRC 2948

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Lazarof's music is notable for its finely-etched, hard-edged clarity and heightened emotional expressiveness, while avoiding self-conscious modernism, and this is true of these chamber works. The trio is grounded in tonality, with a well-defined structure, beginning with an improvisatory first movement and a tightly argued second, giving way to a lyrical and rhapsodic finale. The solo and duo violin pieces are virtuosic, very Bart√≥kian; the √Čtudes in particular brief but thorny little dialogues, expressive and technically challenging. Tempi concertati consists of five movements; three rhapsodic studies in contrasting mood entitled Invenzione I and II and Fantasia, separated by two lyrical movements with a strong feeling of pre-atonal Schoenberg, the first interrupted by an agitated interlude. Christiane Edinger (violin), Adrien Iliescu (second violin), Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (cello), Klaus Hellwig (piano).

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