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Scott: Chamber Works (Piano Trios Nos.172/ Clarinet Quintet & Trio/ Cornish Boat Song) CD


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  • Composer: Cyril Scott
  • Audio CD (4 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B002VFCE8I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Clarinet Quintet - Various Performers
2. Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano - Various Performers
3. Piano Trio No. 1 - Gould Piano Trio
4. Piano Trio No. 2 - Gould Piano Trio
5. Cornish Boat Song for Piano Trio - Gould Piano Trio

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While still in his twenties, Cyril Scott was perceived as one of the pre-eminent avant-garde musicians of his generation. He was championed by such luminaries as Henry Wood and Thomas Beecham and his advocacy of the latest techniques briefly gave him a wide acquaintance with some of the leading musicians of the day, including Ravel and Debussy. He became known as one of the Frankfurt Gang , that group of young composers who studied at the Hoch sche Konservatorium and included such contemporaries as Roger Quilter, Norman O Neill and Percy Grainger. After the First World War, however, he found himself increasingly at odds with the prevailing idioms of the day and became persona non grata with the musical establishment, which contributed to his lack of recognition as a serious composer in subsequent decades. Scott wrote more than two dozen substantial chamber works and although some of his early chamber music has been revived from time to time, with the exception of the Clarinet Quintet this selection receives its premiere recording. The earliest work on the programme is Piano Trio No. 1 of 1920, but the disc significantly celebrates the chamber music composed after the Second World War, exemplifying Scott s late style. The second Piano Trio dates from 1951 as does the one-movement Clarinet Quintet, inspired by the playing of Gervase de Payer who gave its first performance. The largest work, the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, is in three movements including a beautiful Intermezzo labelled Adagio espressivo.

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The excellent Gould Trio are the stalwarts of this enjoyable disc. Performance ***** Recording **** --Calum MacDonald, BBC music magazine,march 2010

The excellent Gould Trio are the stalwarts of this enjoyable disc. Performance ***** Recording **** --Calum MacDonald, BBC music magazine,march 2010

The excellent Gould Trio are the stalwarts of this enjoyable disc. Performance ***** Recording **** --Calum MacDonald, BBC music magazine,march 2010

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard M. Price on 16 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
I remember a shrewd critic, some decades ago, surmising that the best finds in Cyril Scott were probably to be made in his voluminous chamber music. There is support for this in the three CDs of this music that Dutton have issued, which contain three most impressive works - the first two string quarters and the Sonata Lirica for violin and piano. Are the works on this new CD of equal quality?

The longest work on this CD is the half-hour First Piano Trio of 1920. It is highly representative of the `first' Cyril Scott, who won a European reputation as the English modernist of his generation, until musical fashion changed abruptly in the mid-1920s and his work began to sound out of date. For a modern listener the strong point of the work is the free rhythm (generated by expanding and contracting motifs), which creates a wonderful sense of floating, of a continuous surge, rising and falling. Notable too is the brilliance of the piano writing (reminiscent of the Piano Concerto) and the imaginative string textures. The weak point of the work (to my ears) is the harmony: beautiful in a rather impersonal way, it lacks expressivity and all sense of direction, with the result that the piece never seems to get anywhere; the climaxes are emphatic, but not clinching. In the greatest possible contrast to this sprawling work is the Second Piano Trio of around 1950 (and also on this CD), which is a model of compactness and has a more astringent harmony, though it is a weakness in all three of Scott's piano trios that the cellist follows the violinist too closely.
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