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BEST FINDS OF LAST YEAR
CHAMBER AUGMENTED CAPTIONS
INDEX

(INCLUDES INSTRUMENTAL)

The index below lists augmented captions for "BEST FINDS OF LAST YEAR", CROCKS Newsletter reviews of the "CHAMBER" (includes instrumental) genre, which earned their "BEST FIND" stripes back then (see the CLOFO homepage). They're alphabetically listed by caption category, i.e., "COMPOSER", "PERFORMER" or "ALBUM TITLE", under similarly marked headers.

Each augmented caption ends with a "Continue" link that not only calls up the parent newsletter, but moves to the starting point of its associated review. What's more, there's a product "AVAILABILITY" table below the commentary, showing retail web sites that stock the subject album. Clicking a retailer's name invokes their corresponding product page, thereby facilitating the ordering process.


CHAMBER
COMPOSER AUGMENTED CAPTIONS (A-Z)

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Alwyn, W.: Stg Qts 10, 11, 12 (Fantasia) & 13; Tippett Qt [SOMM]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
A highly cultivated man, William Alwyn (1905-1985) was a talented painter, accomplished writer, and above all, one of twentieth century Britain's most prolific composers. An album devoted to selections from his myriad film scores was the starting point for our last newsletter (see 28 February 2017). And now here's some chamber music from his equally prodigious concert hall output.

The four string quartets filling out this new SOMM release were written in the 1932-6 timeframe, and are marked Nos. 10-13. However, a word of explanation is in order as the composer would write three more (1953-54), which he'd designate as Nos. 1-3. That's because... Continue
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Caetani: Cpte Stg Qts (2); Alauda Qt [Brilliant]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Composer Roffredo Caetani (1871-1961) came from a distinguished Italian family. His father was at one time Mayor of Rome, served as the country's foreign minister, and met many influential people. They included Franz Liszt (1811-1886), who'd become a close family friend and Roffredo's Godfather.

The great Hungarian pianist-composer soon recognized his godson's musical talents, and arranged for him to study with his finest student in Italy, Giovanni Sgambati (1841-1914; see 16 February 2013). At that point Caetani decided to become a composer, and would further his education in... Continue
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Mellits: Stg Qt 3 "Tapas", 4 "Prometheus" & 5 "Waníyetu"; Debussy Quartet [Evidence]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
"Better late than never" certainly applies to the first appearance in these pages of music by American composer Marc Mellits (b. 1966). Moreover, he's slipped under CLOFO radar until this recent captivating release on Evidence Classics of his last three string quartets. They’re the only readily available recordings of them currently on CD.

Born in Baltimore, Marc started piano lessons at age six, and would later study at the Eastman (1984-8) and Yale (1989-91) Schools of Music. He then went on to Cornell University (1991-6), after which he spent a summer at Tanglewood (1997). His past instructors have... Continue
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Nápravník: Cpte Pno Trios (2), Mélancolie (Op. 48, No. 3, arr pno trio); Spyros Pno Trio [MD&G (Hybrid)]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 SACD)
The artists, who now call themselves the Spyros Piano trio, are known for their award winning performances of little-known, romantic chamber music (see 23 February 2015), and deliver more of the same on this new MD&G hybrid, CD(2)/SACD(2/5.1), disc. Here they give us a program devoted to works by Czech-trained, Russian emigrant composer Eduard Nápravník (1839-1916), who was born in a small village some 80 miles east of Prague, and studied music in that great city.

Eduard first established himself as a talented conductor, who had a number of... Continue
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Reber: Pno Trios 2, 4 & 6; Trio Élégiaque [Timpani]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
This and an earlier companion release (see 31 August 2017) add another romantic French composer to these pages. Napoléon-Henri Reber (1807-1880) was born in Mulhouse, Alsace, just northwest of the Swiss-German border, and initially received a comprehensive, scientific education preparing him for a career in Industry.

However, he developed a strong interest in music along the way, and began self-studies in piano and composition. He then furthered his musical education in Paris, where he became a highly respected figure at the... Continue
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Sviridov: Pno Trio, Pno Qnt; Chermonov/Babeshko/BeethTrioBonn [CAvi Music]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Please welcome Russian composer Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998) to these pages on this exceptional CAvi Music release, featuring the Beethoven Trio Bonn (BTB). Born some 300 miles south of Moscow in the Kursk region, Georgy grew up, and received his first musical training there, after which he moved to Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1932 to continue his education at a music college there.

He'd graduate in 1936, and next attended the local conservatory, where one of his instructors was Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975; see 31 May 2017). Sviridov then got his... Continue
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Tovey, D.: Pno Qnt, Vars on a Theme by Gluck (fl & stg qt); Ormesby En [Toccata]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Sir Donald Francis Tovey (1875-1940) was a professor of music at Edinburgh University from 1914 until his death, and one of Britain's most distinguished educators. His six-volume Essays in Musical Analysis (published 1935-9) remains an invaluable reference work to this day.

Also an accomplished composer, he left a modest body of works. These include an opera (The Bride of Dionysus, 1929; see 25 April 2010), symphony, two concertos, and some chamber music (see 28 February 2011), which the adventurous Toccata Label began investigating about ten years... Continue
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Zellner: Stg Trio; Perger: Stg Trio; Concordia Stg Trio [Centaur]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Between them, Austrian composers Julius Zellner (1832-1900) and Richard von Perger (1854-1911) left a substantial body of works across all genres, which include a significant number of chamber pieces. In that regard, each of their undeservedly neglected string trios make their first appearance on CLOFO with this new Centaur release. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) had a high regard for both, and while they show his influence, each has something new to say. These are the only recordings of them currently available on disc.

The program begins with Zellner's, which is in C minor, and dates from 1881. The first of its four movements is a textbook, sonata form Allegro con brio [T-1]. Its opening... Continue

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