12 October 2016

Yep, no reviews posted in he last few days. One or two are almost ready, I spent some time listening to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Double Concertos, I need to put the finishing touches to them. But checking some niceties about the discs’ barcodes sent me furiously compiling discographies of various labels, Erato’s early years (whence I discovered that they had a specific barcode for US distribution) and, one thing leading to  the other (sometimes, just a mislisted CD on Amazon that I had to figure out), the Dutch Etcetera, MCA Classics and its sublabel Arts & Electronics.

But, finally, I had time to listen to and review Robert Volkmann’s two Piano Trios on Cpo. Magnificent works, of Brahmsian sweep and intensity, and, really, of equal stature as those of Brahms. Why are Brahms’ so universally popular and recorded, and those of Volkmann so unknown? Oh, a number of reasons I’m sure (see my review) – but not because of their unequal musical merit. The two of Volkmann belong with those of Brahms, and posterity is a bitch…

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