The Princess and the Bear: Strauss (R): Duet-Concertino / Beethoven: Trio / Glinka: Trio pathétique

 
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RICHARD STRAUSS / LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN / MIKHAIL GLINKA
The Princess and the Bear: Strauss (R): Duet-Concertino / Beethoven: Trio / Glinka: Trio pathétique
Laurence Perkins (bassoon), with Sarah Watts (clarinet), Martin Roscoe (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sian Edwards (conductor)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 27 July 2018

The Duet-Concertino is one of those lyrical, bittersweet scores from Strauss's Indian summer. Laurence Perkins argues that behind the notes lies a hitherto little-known programme-whence the album's title-and that this misunderstood work has good claims to be regarded as Strauss's final tone poem.

"Sian Edwards adopts relaxed speeds [in the Strauss], which gives the music space to breathe, and the RSNO sound consistently good throughout. Watts does ravishing things with the great clarinet melody with which the work opens, to which Perkins responds with a gruffness that gradually broadens into deeply felt lyricism…[the Glinka] finds Watts and Perkins squaring off and duetting like protagonists from one of the bel canto operas that inspired it, while Roscoe accompanies them with understated subtlety." Gramophone

"The Duet-Concertino…is beautifully performed here, and beautifully explained by Perkins in the booklet…Glinka's Trio pathètique and an apt adaptation of Beethoven's Trio, Op 38, follow." Sunday Times

"A beauty and the beast tale in which a princess, represented by Sarah Watts' beautifully lyrical clarinet, dances with a bear - Laurence Perkins's balletic bassoon. It sounds twee, but Strauss was making a point...These two fine players are joined by the pianist Martin Roscoe for sparkling performances of Beethoven's Trio in E flat, Op 38 and Glinka's Trio Pathétique in D minor." Observer

Tracks:

Duet-Concertino TrV293 [21'47] Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Trio in E flat major Op 38 [39'12] Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Trio pathétique in D minor [15'08] Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)