ROBERT KAHN (1865-1951): Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 30, Serenade for String Trio, 7 Lieder aus "Jungbrunnen" for Voice and Piano Trio, Op. 46.
Catalogue Number: 04O052
Label: Hännsler Classic
Description: It's been almost nine years since any CDs with Kahn's music have appeared so to remind you, he was a student of Lachner and Rheinberger and teacher of, among others, Wilhelm Kempff and Ferdinand Leitner. He was a friend of Brahms late in that composer's life and was highly self-critical of his own music, most of which was chamber music and choral works. The piano quartet here dates from 1899 and has basically four fast movements; only the second movement Larghetto, a wistful bit of effusion, interrupts the high spirits and masculine energy found in the other three (none of which sound like Brahms). The Serenade is late (1933, after he was forced out of his postions by the Nazis) and more concentrated and astringent. Lovely songs; wish I knew what they were about... No texts. Hohenstaufen Ensemble.