Heartfelt (2016)

Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Pilss

Friends, Rob van de Laar

 

During his own lifetime, Brahms enjoyed a reputation as an outstanding pianist and a most important composer. It is probably less well-known that he also learned to play the cello and horn as a youngster. His mother seems to have greatly enjoyed her son’s horn playing. It is therefore no great surprise that he started work on the composition of his Horn Trio just a few months after his mother passed away in 1865. He spent the summer of that year at the holiday home of his great supporter and advocate Clara Schumann, near Baden-Baden in the Black Forest, where he could find the peace and inspiration he needed in order to compose. Two years later, he took his friend Albert Dietrich to the spot where the theme of the Horn Trio’s first movement had occurred to him. “I was out walking one morning and when I arrived at this spot the sun started to glow; the theme came to me in an instant.” The first and third movements are to some degree nostalgic in nature and the work as a whole contains a number of references to the composer’s childhood. 

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Heartfelt (2016)

Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Pilss

Friends, Rob van de Laar

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"From things I’ve read about him, van de Laar, is a most ambitious as well as a very meticulous and perfectionist personality, taking music as seriously as his career. Comparing his Brahms and Schumann with the Czech Horn player, Baborak, on the Japanese label Cryston Horn Trios - Baborak, Nasturica, Shimizu, the biggest difference to van de Laar’s advantage, is not only the recorded quality, with more depth and detail, but also, in terms of instrument handling, the balance between the three players. I have, therefore, a personal yet clear preference for van de Laar & Co. showing, too, more youthful élan throughout. This is an altogether promising debut by a van de Laar, still on the way up, and greatly helped by his colleague musicians and, need it still be said, an exemplary recording by North Star Recording Services in the famous facility of the Galaxy Studio in Mol, Belgium. Performance: 4.5 out of 5 Stars, Multichannel Sound Quality: 5 out of 5 Stars."

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Heartfelt (2016)

Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Pilss

Friends, Rob van de Laar

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Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Mastering Room: Avalon Acoustic
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Galaxy Studio, Mol, Belgium
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Horn Trio, Op. 40 - I Andante
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Horn Trio, Op. 40 - II Scherzo Allegro
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Auf dem Strom, D. 943
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Tre pezzi in forma di Sonata - I Sinfonia
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Tre pezzi in forma di Sonata - II Intermezzo
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