JOSEPH MARX (1882-1964): Works for Piano Quartet - Rhapsody in A, Scherzo in D Minor, Ballad in A Minor.
Catalogue Number: 08M062
Reference: 777 279-2
Description: Those of you who loved Marx's massive, expressionistic-impressionistic-late Romantic orchestral works will find the same thing in these works - all from 1911. Don't be misled by the puny sounding titles: the Rhapsody is a 28-minute-long, single-movement work with elements of four separate movements contained within its dark, densely written and color-soaked profligacy (both this and the 17-minute Brucknerian scherzo sound like reductions from symphonic scores). Marx draws together here the disparate threads of European Impressionism - Respighi, Debussy and Schmitt, Szymanowski and Scriabin - with the contrapuntal extravagance of Reger. The 17-minute Ballad is both the most sonata-form-like and the most contrapuntal of these pieces. Oliver Triendl (piano), Daniel Gaede (violin), Hariolf Schlichtig (viola), Peter Bruns (cello).