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Hans Gál & Hans Krása: Complete String Trios

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2011


Ensemble Epomeo


Millfield School Concert Hall, Somerset

13-15 Dec 2011


Simon Fox-Gál


Simon Fox-Gal

Record Label
Avie Records



Total Time - 66:51
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Serenade in D Op.41 for violin, viola & cello *

1 I Capriccioso: Allegro assai 10:01
2 II Cantabile: Adagio 5:35
3 III Menuetto: Quasi allegretto 5:24
4 IV Alla marcia: Vivace e giocoso 4:37

Trio in F sharp minor Op.104 for violin, viola & cello *

5 I Tranquillo con moto 9:02
6 II Presto 4:42
7 III Tema con variazioni: Andante - Poco più lento - Allegro - Tempo I - 11:53
  Moderato, alla danza - Tempo I - Alla marcia  



Tanec (Dance) for violin, viola & cello

  Presto - Etwas ruhiger - Tempo primo  

Passacaglia and Fuga for violin, viola & cello

9 Passacaglia: Sehr ruhig 6:51
10 Fuga: Allegro molto 2:53

Having released numerous world-premiere recordings of Hans Gál’s symphonic, concertante and solo works to critical acclaim, Avie turns to the composer’s chamber music, specifically the two works he wrote for string trio. Performed by Ensemble Epomeo, the world-premiere recordings of Gál’s Serenade for String Trio, Op. 41 and Trio, Op. 104, are paired with works by Gál’s contemporary Hans Krása, Tanec and Passacaglia and Fugue. The Austrian-born Gál and Czech-born Krása shared a Jewish heritage, but whereas Gál escaped Nazi oppression, Krása was interred in Theresienstadt where he was instrumental in organizing the cultural life of the concentration camp, then sent to Auschwitz where he perished in 1944. Tanec and Passacaglia and Fugue were written in the last year of his life.

Founded in 2008 on the slopes of Mount Epomeo at the Festivale di Musica da Camera d’Ischia in Italy, Ensemble Epomeo consists of three virtuosi dedicated to the expansion of the string trio repertoire and exciting, innovative and engaging approaches to performance. Anchored by cellist Kenneth Woods who as conductor has brought a highly-acclaimed series of Hans Gál symphonies to the label, Ensemble Epomeo are quickly becoming a favourite at international music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. This release marks their commercial recording debut.

 "... excellent recording is strongly recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - March/April 2013

 "...This is supremely approachable, engaging music [Gal], and sweetly played here - every chormatic kink handles with deft skill. Best is the closing Alla Marcia, dazzling in terms of its technical facility, and, evidently, very enjoyable to play...  brilliantly communicative  pieces [Kása’s Tanec and Passacaglia] ...  each one a masterly exercise in music doublespeak. ... Eloquent performances in glowing sound."

Graham Rickson - - 23 February 2013

                    ***** - Very Good

Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - February 2013

                        Repertoire  *****       Sound ****      Interpretation *****

Hans-Dieter Grünefeld - Ensemble magazine - February/March 2013


"...Vividly recorded, the three instrumentalists of Ensemble Epomeo – closely balanced in a slightly too big and resonant acoustic – play superbly individually and as a team and with obvious commitment; clearly Kenneth Woods’s burgeoning conducting career is not to the detriment of his artistry on the cello. Woods has also written a typically enlightening booklet note."
Colin Anderson - - 4 October 2012

 "...Ensemble Epomeo plays with finesse and sensitivity, nicely capturing Krasa’s manic grotesqueries as well as Gal’s elegance and tenderness. Sonics are clean and natural."

Mark l Lehman - American Record Guide - November/December 2012

 "...Sound quality is very good. In their debut recording, Ensemble Epomeo (named after an Ischian mountain) are thoroughly convincing from beginning to end. Their sense of ensemble is democratic, their attention to the score attentive and respectful, and their tone warm and welcoming. Expressively they are as much at home with the elegant, small-R romantic classicism of Gál as with the more semantically ambiguous colourings of Krása. Incidentally, the ’Complete String Trios’ title is not entirely accurate, at least not if an older, broader definition of the genre is taken: according to the Hans Gál Society’s website, there are also two works for two violins and cello, a Scherzando without opus number and a Little Suite op.49a (with piano ad lib.). At any rate, there is much more of Gál’s glorious chamber music still inexplicably awaiting a first recording."

Byzantion - - 5 December 2012

"...Ensemble Epomeo provide ravishing accounts of both Gál works, fully in sympathy with the idiom ...  a splendid disc that I cannot get enough of."

Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - Christmas Special Edition - December 2012

"...The Ensemble Epomeo play all four compositions with huge commitment and brilliant flair revealing every nuance in four wonderful works for string trio. These can sit alongside anything written in this genre. In every way this is a fantastic disc that listeners will want to hear again and again."
Steve Arloff - - 31 October 2012


"... all the performances radiate sympathy for the music and a focused intensity that bespeaks both familiarity with this out-of-the way repertoire and considerable musicianship these are not easy works to bring out in such vital and well-characterized interpretations.  Avie’d recording. too, is splendidly resonant and warm. A very recommendable dic for anyone interested in either composer."

Calum MacDonald - International Record Review - November 2012

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