Gade, Lange-Muller, Langgaard – Danish Romantic Piano Trios – The Danish Piano Trio (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gade, Lange-Muller, Langgaard – Danish Romantic Piano Trios – The Danish Piano Trio (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:14:50 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Dacapo Records
Recorded at the concert hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, on 12, 13 and 19-21 April 2014

This debut album of The Danish Piano Trio presents a fascinating string of Romantic trios. From the perfectly balanced world of Danish music’s ‘godfather’ Niels W. Gade over the sensitive and dramatic turn-of-the-century art of P.E. Lange-Müller, the album concludes with the beautiful single-movement Mountain Flowers from 1908 by the hyper-Romantic prodigy Rued Langgaard.

The big cheese of 19th-century Danish music, Niels Gade, was among the first to pounce on it. Gade was a fine violinist (Schumann noted the link with his surname and the instrument’s four strings) but was not so hot on keys, which might contribute to the slightly heavy, stop-start feel that stalks his B flat Piano Trio (1863). We also hear the first movement of an aborted trio from 1839, planned as a programmatic piece based on a heroic adventure. Ironically, the narrative framework might have freed Gade up to worry less about thematic development – a benefit when his themes never quite have the directness of his chum Mendelssohn’s. A charming piece that feels more at ease with itself, though in both works Gade’s sturdy craftsmanship is clear.
   In the self-effacing Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller you almost always hear something different: unusual harmonic glances, an attractive sense of hesitance and, in the case of his F minor Piano Trio (1898), a distinct French influence. The piece rises to a powerful climax in the last movement, Lange-Müller standing tall at last, shouting to be heard over the rest of them. Fans of the crazy Dane Rued Langgaard will recognise the music of Mountain Flowers (1908) as the basis for the second movement of his First Symphony. Good stuff, but Langgaard was right to recognise that the material suited broad orchestral clothing better. The piano takes prominence in the sound picture, which would be more frustrating were Katrine Gislinge’s playing not so full of fluency and tenderness. –Andrew Mellor, Gramophone

Peter Lange-Müller (1853-1926)
Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 53
1 I. Moderato con moto 00:14:38
2 II. Allegretto piacevole – l’istesso tempo (scherzando) – Tempo I 00:07:44
3 III. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto 00:09:17
Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817-1890)
Piano Trio in F Major, Op. 42
4 I. Allegro animato 00:09:05
5 II. Allegro molto vivace 00:03:33
6 III. Andantino 00:03:14
7 IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco 00:06:08
Piano Trio Movement in B-Flat Major
8 Adagio – Allegro con fuoco 00:12:06
Rued Langgaard (1893-1952)
Fjeldblomster (Mountain Flowers), BVN 34
9 Adagio molto 00:09:05

The Danish Piano Trio:

Lars Bjørnkjær, violin
Toke Møldrup, cello
Katrine Gislinge, piano