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Jongen: Piano Quartet/Trio

Joseph Triebensee ensemble Audio CD
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  • Composer: Joseph Jongen
  • Audio CD (5 May 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cypress
  • ASIN: B0000DD2XE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Quatuor pour Piano, Op. 23: I. Large - Animé15:18Album Only
Listen  2. Quatuor pour Piano, Op. 23: II. Assez vite 6:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Quatuor pour Piano, Op. 23: III. Pas trop lent12:51Album Only
Listen  4. Quatuor pour Piano, Op. 23: IV. Assez Animé13:16Album Only
Listen  5. Trio pour Piano, Violon et Alto, Op. 30: I. Prélude 8:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Trio pour Piano, Violon et Alto, Op. 30: II. Variations13:16Album Only
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Quatuor pour piano, op.23 - Trio pour piano, op.30 / Ensemble Joseph Jongen

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Born in 1873, the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen had a long and productive creative career, though one would not have guessed so until the fiftieth anniversary of his death in 2003 when many of his works were introduced to the record catalogues for the first time (predominantly by the Cypres label). The pieces that do seem to have kept his name alive as a composer are his solo organ works and his imposing 'Symphonie Concertante', Op.81 for organ and orchestra - Jongen: Symphonie Concertante/Franck: Fantasie In A/Pastorale.

Jongen had something of a predilection for writing on a broad scale and this is reflected in the two relatively early works recorded here, especially the piano quartet; both pieces were written in his thirties and, while he had already amassed a fairly significant back catalogue of original creations by that age, the liner notes suggest that the piano quartet marks the point where German-oriented elements of his compositional style hung in the balance with the influence of recent French music, the latter an aesthetic that was apparently to dominate the rest of his creative life. If anything, the music suggests to me that he had already crossed that stylistic border and Cesar Franck (himself born in Belgium, of course) is a palpable presence in the quartet, not least in the cyclical reuse of material across the quartet's four movement span; perhaps significantly too, the work's dedicatee is Vincent d'Indy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Franck-Influenced Belgian Romanticism--Impassioned, Large-Scale, and Lush 10 Mar 2009
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If you have ever lamented that Franck's mature chamber music includes only the Piano Quartet, the String Quartet, and the Violin Sonata (in transcriptions, it seems, for everything from flute and cello to flexatone and Hungarian nose flute), then this CD is for YOU. The present works typify Jongen's early Franckian style. At this point, his music had not yet acquired the slight glint of Ravel/Roussel that characterizes his later work.

The Piano Quartet is a massive affair, nearly 50 minutes in length. It is in four movements, and even has a scherzo! Herein, Franck rubs elbows with Faure and Chausson, and Brahms is in the next room. Large-limbed harmonic movements in the introduction promise a work on a Brucknerian time-scale, and that expectation is not thwarted. At the start, stern piano octaves, reminiscent of Franck at his most foreboding, alternate with conciliatory statements from the strings. The succeeding movements are densely packed with contrapuntal detail, suggesting a rich brocade, constantly demanding all of the listener's attention, yet the effect is not suffocating. There is no lack of warmly appealing melody as the composer skillfully draws one's ears from one strand to another.

The Piano Trio, composed for the somewhat unusual combination of piano, violin and VIOLA (instead of the expected cello), is similar in style, but the sensuousness of Chausson, D'Indy and late Faure are closer now. There are more whole-tone harmonies, and something of the breezily tuneful side of Jongen's personal style emerges in the finale. As in the Quartet, sometimes the instrumental writing is rich in contrapuntal overlay, and sometimes the strings are set off in unison against the keyboard.

To be honest, I can imagine more intense and abandoned performances than the present ones. However, Ms. Andersen and her cronies are technically proficient players. This is lucky, because there ARE no other recordings. Carping aside, these performances are thoroughly pleasurable, but the five stars are really more for the music itself.

COLLECTORS' ADVICE: 2003 marked the 50th anniversary of the composer's death, and quite a few recordings were made by labels like CYPRES and PAVANE. Unfortunately, a mere six years later, these releases are being deleted with alarming abruptness. Vol.1 of Ms. Andersen's series of the complete piano music is almost unobtainable, although Vol.2 is still fairly easy to find. Fans of late 19th to early 20th-century French romantics should waste no time in snatching up as much of Jongen's voluptuous stuff as they can before the remaining copies disappear.
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