Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thieriot, Ferdinand. (1836-1919) Chamber Music, Volume I. Top recommendation.

From my collection.
Bought in 2012.
First listen: 30-1-2014.
Second listen: 13-4-2017.
Label: Toccata Classics.
Recording dates: September 2007.
Recording venue: Tymmo-Kirche, Lütjensee, near Hamburg, Germany.
Recording engineer: David Lefeber.
Running time: 77:56.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:

1) Piano Quintet in D major, opus 20
2) Theme and Variations, opus 29, for two Cellos and Piano.
3) String sextet in D major.

Performed by:

Hamburg Chamber Players.

Yes he composes in the tradition of Johannes Brahms, but do not think he is slavishly copying him. Thieriot is very much his own man, and if anything he is a worthy successor.  He studied with the same mentor as Brahms did, namely Eduard Marxsen. And he studied under Rheinberger, a considerable composer in the Brahmsian way himself. Thieriot is a master in harmony: well he almost lived for it, by what I hear. His works are demanding, the musicians must be on a high level to pull of his music successfully, otherwise it gets chaos all over the place. Sweet lovely music, made to please even the highest aesthetics in the public. But he is completely forgotten, and that has all to do with the fact that the Red Army when in Germany (1943) confiscated all the manuscripts with the works of Thieriot and shipped them to Leningrad, and stored them in some basement. During a flooding in 1983, a worker found them, and in the nick of time rescued them before they were totally destroyed, All returned to Hamburg in 1991, but a lot of it was seriously damaged, but they are still working on that. I really look forward to the 10 Symphonies he wrote, by the sound of the chamber music, that should prove to be very interesting. In the meantime, forgotten he may be, but remember he is considered every bit as good as Johannes Brahms.  So by all means try this composer, he is worth your attention and money. For me this is a reference performance, and the recording fits the music.

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