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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)

Composer(s):
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559696-97
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 13.98
 

 


This recording is an exploration of Robert Helps’s ‘subtle sound world’ (ClassicsToday.com 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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Review By Donald Rosenberg ,Gramophone,April 2012

Both of Robert Helps’s formidable artistic gifts are represented on this revealing two-disc collection. There’s the composer of piquant and poetic chamber music, and there’s the pianist who gave supple life to his own works, as well as pieces by other composers. These complementary aspects paint a portrait of a bold musician with the facility to transform and illuminate in myriad styles. …his immersion in the past also can be heard on this collection in shapely and eloquent live performances…

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