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Rare Recording Of The Zilcher Trio's Mendelssohn
Following the effective resignation of his Berlin post, Mendelssohn
was happy to return in 1845 to Leipzig, where the King of Saxony had
requested he resume his former post. Despite growing ill health the
warmth of his reception in the town must have done much to lift his
spirits - the season got off to an excellent start with a first concert
at which Clara Schumann played and Mendelssohn was greeting back with
Of his two Piano Trios, as observed in previous notes, this second has perhaps the edge over the first, with stronger material in the outer movements, a lively scherzo to match the earlier piece, though perhaps not quite the same heights of lyrical perfection achieved in the slow movement.
In this recording we are grateful to Parlophone enthusiast and long-time friend of Pristine Audio, Mr Keith Claxton, for unearthing a forgotten gem from this distinguished trio of German academics, which we understand to have been recorded in 1930 and issued two years later in the UK on the discs from which our transcription was taken. Once the listener adjusts to the slightly "underwater" ambiance of the piano this is surely a performance worth hearing again.
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, op. 66
Recorded in Germany by Homochord in 1930
Released in the UK as Parlophone E11210-213 in Oct. 1932
Deleted in the UK April 1941
Matrix Numbers: H53096-9, H53102-5
Believed all second takes
Original 78rpm disc transfers by Keith Claxton, London, 2006
We are grateful to Keith Claxton for providing the source material and informtaion for this recording.
Prof. Dr. Hermann Zilcher, piano
Prof. Adolf Schiering, violin
Prof. Ernst Cahnbley, cello