VOLKMAR ANDREAE (1879-1962): Piano Trios in F Minor, Op. 1 and in E Flat, Op. 14.
Catalogue Number: 10J006
Reference: GMCD 7307
Description: Conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich from 1903 to 1949, Andreae was among the pioneers of Bruckner recording (he studied conducting at Cologne under Franz Wüllner, who managed to be a friend of Brahms and an admirer and conductor of Wagner) but, like many musicians of his generation, considered himself equally a composer. The Op. 1 (1901) cleaves unto Brahms rather than, say, Liszt or Reger, and is full of attractive melodies. Dating from 1914, the second trio adds a fourth movement scherzo and shows his language metamorphosing into a mixture of French Impressionism and Germanic seriousness - not unlike that of Magnard. Locrian Ensemble.