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This disc provides chamber music taken from the entirety of Liebermann's career, from his Op 4, Two Pieces for Violin and Viola of 1978 to his Trio No 2 for Violin, Cello, and Piano of 2001.
Trio No 1 for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1990) is a tightly-constructed single movement work, consisting of transformations of the opening melodic material presented at the outset. The opening of the work in figuration and melody is very reminiscent of the above-mentioned Piano Concerto No 2 [listen -- track 1, 0:00-0:44].
The Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet (1989) uses the same instrumentation as the noted work by French Romantic Ernest Chausson. Liebermann's work is again a tautly constructed single movement in multiple sections. The violin and piano are concertante instruments throughout and are given cadenzas near the end.
The Ying Quartet (four siblings) is one of the finest young string quartets in this country and is only just now beginning to record -- particularly in the area of contemporary music, which they play with particular relish. It is wonderful to be able to hear them on this disc.
Copyright © 19 January 2005
Carson P Cooman, Rochester, NY, USA