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HELPS, R.: Chamber Music with Piano - Piano Trios / Piano Quartet / Quintet / Duo (Helps in Berlin) (Helps, Atos Trio, Spectrum Concerts Berlin)

Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559696-97
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
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This recording is an exploration of Robert Helps’s ‘subtle sound world’ ( on Naxos 8.559199), and his shared history with Spectrum Concerts Berlin. Highly regarded as a ‘musician’s musician’, Helps is featured as both composer and pianist. Postlude is suffused with an atmosphere of reminiscence, and the flow of ‘endless melody’ in the Piano Quartet is comparable to Scriabin. Associations with the Second Viennese School are heard in the poetic Quintet and the virtuoso Fantasy, while the two Piano Trios mark the stylistic boundaries of his career. Helps’s Shall We Dance for piano (CD 2, Track 12) was among


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Work/Track Title Time
HELPS, R.: Chamber Music with Piano - Piano Trios / Piano Quartet / Quintet / Duo (Helps in Berlin) (Helps, Atos Trio, Spectrum Concerts Berlin) 1:57:50   
  Postlude 8:43       
  Fantasy 6:57       
  Piano Quartet          
      I. Prelude 5:32       
      II. Intermezzo 2:22       
      III. Scherzo 3:19       
      IV. Postlude 4:38       
      V. Coda - The Players Gossip 2:01       
  Duo 8:10       
      I. Moving 5:54       
      II. Relentlessly (without inflection) 2:24       
      III. Dolce e legato 5:37       
  Piano Trio No. 1          
      I. Mesto 5:37       
      II. Molto marcato - Molto allegro 4:18       
      III. Maestoso 4:41       
  Piano Trio No. 2          
      I. Duets: Allegro 3:06       
      II. Horizons: Austere, but intense 6:47       
      III. Toccata frustrata 2:30       
  6 Lieder, Op. 71: No. 4. Schilflied (arr. R. Helps for piano) 3:53       
  Love is a Sickness Full of Woes (arr. R. Helps for piano) 2:59       
  Intermezzo in A-Flat Major, FP 118 4:18       
  53 Studies on the Chopin etudes (excerpts)          
      No. 45 in E Major (1st version on Chopin's Nouvelle Etude No. 2) 5:52       
      No. 12 in G-Flat Major (6th version on Chopin's Op. 10, No. 5) 3:06       
  Shall We Dance 11:20       
  The Darkened Valley 3:46       
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