NIKOLAI AMANI (1872-1904): String Trio, Op. 1, HANS SCHAEUBLE (1906-1988): String Quartet, Op. 35 (w.Vahagn Aristakesyan [viola]), PAUL MÜLLER-ZÜRICH (1898-1993): String Trio, Op. 96, SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953): Sonata for 2 Violins, Op. 56.
Catalogue Number: 09X038
Label: Solo Musica
Reference: SM 353
Description: Born in St. Petersburg, Amani studied composition under Rimsky-Korsakov at that city’s conservatory. Published in 1900, his trio, in its synthesis of Russian style with Classical structure, is typical of the chamber works produced by the group of composers surrounding Mitrofan Belyayev (i.e. Borodin, Lyadov, Glazunov, et al.). The Swiss Schaeuble composed his quartet in 1950 and revised it in 1972, 1976 and 1977. He stated that it follows the principles of twelve-note composition, although this is limited to the occasional use of an identical sequence in all four movements. In contrast to the dodecaphonic tradition, the writing is largely homophonic, with the melody line in the first or second violin and three accompanying voices. Another recording of the Müller-Zürich trio was offered by different performers on this same label in May 2019 (see 05U052).