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Rainer Kussmaul


Chamber music is very much the metier of German violinist Rainer Kussmaul, who received his first lessons from his father and then went to Ricardo Odnoposoff, a former student of the great pedagogue Carl Flesch. Continuing the work of his forebears, he is director of the violin class at the Baden-Baden Carl Flesch Academy, professor at the Freiburg Conservatory and chairman of the Spohr Violin Competition, as well as giving masterclasses around the world.

Kussmaul’s playing on record reveals a stylistically-conventional, disciplined and sensitive interpreter in a variety of repertoire. The Britten Phantasy (1997) is authoritative and resonant, whilst the ‘Archduke’ Trio (c. 1992) is given a particularly well-balanced and moderate reading, all details being elucidated with admirable clarity and precision of ensemble—Kussmaul’s colleagues in the Stuttgart Piano Trio (Claus Kanngiesser, cello and Monika Leonhard, piano) are similarly strong players of pedagogic pedigree.

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