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Album-Release:
2022

HRA-Release:
10.06.2022

Label: Decca

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Daniel Ottensamer, Stephan Koncz, Christoph Traxler

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Arvo Pärt (1935), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Robert Kahn (1865-1951), Wolfgang Rihm (1952), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951), Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942), Friedrich Cerha (1926), Carl Frühling (1868-1937), Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 "Gassenhauer":
  • 1Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 "Gassenhauer": I. Allegro con brio06:28
  • 2Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 "Gassenhauer": II. Adagio04:41
  • 3Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 "Gassenhauer": III. Tema con variazioni06:24
  • Arvo Pärt (b. 1935): Mozart-Adagio:
  • 4Pärt: Mozart-Adagio06:27
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 (after the Septet, Op. 20):
  • 5Beethoven: Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 (after the Septet, Op. 20): I. Adagio - Allegro con brio06:57
  • 6Beethoven: Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 (after the Septet, Op. 20): II. Adagio cantabile08:07
  • 7Beethoven: Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 (after the Septet, Op. 20): III. Tempo di menuetto03:19
  • 8Beethoven: Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 (after the Septet, Op. 20): IV. Andante con variazioni07:22
  • 9Beethoven: Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 (after the Septet, Op. 20): V. Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace03:07
  • 10Beethoven: Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 38 (after the Septet, Op. 20): VI. Andante con moto alla marcia - Presto06:56
  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114:
  • 11Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: I. Allegro07:18
  • 12Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: II. Adagio07:10
  • 13Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: III. Andantino grazioso04:18
  • 14Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114: IV. Allegro04:15
  • Robert Kahn (1865 - 1951): Serenade in F Minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 73:
  • 15Kahn: Serenade in F Minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 7310:31
  • Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952): Chiffre IV for Bass Clarinet, Cello and Piano.
  • 16Rihm: Chiffre IV for Bass Clarinet, Cello and Piano09:41
  • Robert Kahn: Clarinet Trio in G Minor, Op. 45:
  • 17Kahn: Clarinet Trio in G Minor, Op. 45: I. Allegro06:29
  • 18Kahn: Clarinet Trio in G Minor, Op. 45: II. Allegretto quasi andantino05:46
  • 19Kahn: Clarinet Trio in G Minor, Op. 45: III. Presto06:44
  • Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951): Clarinet Trio in D Minor “Fragment”:
  • 20Schoenberg: Clarinet Trio in D Minor “Fragment”00:31
  • Alexander Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942): Clarinet Trio in D Minor, Op. 3:
  • 21Zemlinsky: Clarinet Trio in D Minor, Op. 3: I. Allegro ma non troppo09:53
  • 22Zemlinsky: Clarinet Trio in D Minor, Op. 3: II. Andante08:43
  • 23Zemlinsky: Clarinet Trio in D Minor, Op. 3: III. Allegro05:39
  • Friedrich Cerha (b. 1926): 5 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano:
  • 24Cerha: 5 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: I. Sehr ruhig03:53
  • 25Cerha: 5 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: II.02:30
  • 26Cerha: 5 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: III.03:17
  • 27Cerha: 5 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: IV. Heftig02:16
  • 28Cerha: 5 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano: V. Ruhig06:09
  • Carl Frühling (1868 - 1937): Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 40:
  • 29Frühling: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 40: I. Mässig schnell06:17
  • 30Frühling: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 40: II. Anmutig bewegt05:22
  • 31Frühling: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 40: III. Andante08:14
  • 32Frühling: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 40: IV. Allegro vivace04:59
  • Louise Farrenc (1804 - 1875): Clarinet Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 44:
  • 33Farrenc: Clarinet Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: I. Andante - Allegro moderato07:01
  • 34Farrenc: Clarinet Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: II. Adagio05:59
  • 35Farrenc: Clarinet Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: III. Minuetto. Allegro03:41
  • 36Farrenc: Clarinet Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: IV. Finale. Allegro05:34
  • Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924): Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120:
  • 37Fauré: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: I. Allegro, ma non troppo (Version for Clarinet, Cello and Piano)05:53
  • 38Fauré: Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: II. Andantino (Version for Clarinet, Cello and Piano)08:32
  • 39Fauré: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: III. Allegro vivo (Version for Clarinet, Cello and Piano)04:32
  • Vincent d' Indy (1851 - 1931): Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 29:
  • 40D'Indy: Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 29: I. Ouverture. Modéré13:28
  • 41D'Indy: Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 29: II. Divertissement. Vif et animé05:35
  • 42D'Indy: Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 29: III. Chant élégiaque. Lent05:39
  • 43D'Indy: Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 29: IV. Final. Animé08:17
  • Ferdinand Ries (1784 - 1838): Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 28:
  • 44Ries: Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 28: I. Allegro05:55
  • 45Ries: Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 28: II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace04:34
  • 46Ries: Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 28: III. Adagio03:43
  • 47Ries: Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 28: IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo06:06
  • Jörg Widmann (b. 1973): Nachtstück for Clarinet, Cello and Piano:
  • 48Widmann: Nachtstück for Clarinet, Cello and Piano08:03
  • Max Bruch (1838 - 1920): 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83:
  • 49Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83: 1. Andante03:12
  • 50Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83: 2. Allegro con moto02:18
  • 51Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83: 3. Andante con moto06:53
  • 52Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83: 4. Allegro agitato03:23
  • 53Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83: 5. Rumänische Melodie. Andante04:37
  • 54Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83: 6. Nachtgesang. Andante con moto05:29
  • 55Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83: 7. Allegro vivace, ma non troppo03:32
  • 56Bruch: 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83: 8. Moderato04:40
  • Mikhail Glinka (1804 - 1857): Trio pathétique in D Minor:
  • 57Glinka: Trio pathétique in D Minor: I. Allegro moderato04:50
  • 58Glinka: Trio pathétique in D Minor: II. Scherzo. Vivacissimo03:11
  • 59Glinka: Trio pathétique in D Minor: III. Largo05:04
  • 60Glinka: Trio pathétique in D Minor: IV. Allegro con spirito02:00
  • Paul Juon (1872 - 1940): Trio-Miniaturen, Op. 18a, 24a:
  • 61Juon: Trio-Miniaturen, Op. 18a, 24a: 1. Rêverie, Op. 18 No. 303:38
  • 62Juon: Trio-Miniaturen, Op. 18a, 24a: 2. Humoreske, Op. 18 No. 702:00
  • 63Juon: Trio-Miniaturen, Op. 18a, 24a: 3. Elegie, Op. 18 No. 602:19
  • 64Juon: Trio-Miniaturen, Op. 18a, 24a: 4. Danse phantastique, Op. 24 No. 201:44
  • Daniel Schnyder (b. 1961): A Friday Night in August for Clarinet, Cello and Piano:
  • 65Schnyder: A Friday Night in August for Clarinet, Cello and Piano08:35
  • Isang Yun (1917 - 1995): Rencontre for Clarinet, Piano and Cello:
  • 66Yun: Rencontre for Clarinet, Piano and Cello15:40
  • Nino Rota (1911 - 1979): Clarinet Trio:
  • 67Rota: Clarinet Trio: I. Allegro04:53
  • 68Rota: Clarinet Trio: II. Andante05:30
  • 69Rota: Clarinet Trio: III. Allegrissimo04:21
  • John Ireland (1879 - 1962): Clarinet Trio in D Minor:
  • 70Ireland: Clarinet Trio in D Minor: I. Allegro non troppo07:16
  • 71Ireland: Clarinet Trio in D Minor: II. Scherzo. Vivace04:08
  • 72Ireland: Clarinet Trio in D Minor: III. Lento - Con moto10:21
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage (b. 1969): Cortège for Chris:
  • 73Turnage: Cortège for Chris04:42
  • Robert Muczynski (1929 - 2010): Fantasy Trio, Op. 26:
  • 74Muczynski: Fantasy Trio, Op. 26: I. Allegro energico02:57
  • 75Muczynski: Fantasy Trio, Op. 26: II. Andante con espressione03:54
  • 76Muczynski: Fantasy Trio, Op. 26: III. Allegro deciso01:49
  • 77Muczynski: Fantasy Trio, Op. 26: IV. Andante molto e sostenuto - Allegro04:22
  • Per Nørgård (b. 1932): Spell for Clarinet, Cello and Piano:
  • 78Nørgård: Spell for Clarinet, Cello and Piano15:09
  • Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958): Clarinet Trio:
  • 79Lindberg: Clarinet Trio: I. Ljud stort, ljud07:44
  • 80Lindberg: Clarinet Trio: II. Som det stilla vi söker05:45
  • 81Lindberg: Clarinet Trio: III. Slå våg, slå05:10
  • Total Runtime07:43:21

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During the first lockdown, clarinetist Daniel Ottensamer, violoncellist Stephan Koncz and pianist Christoph Traxler took pause to reflect and explore the very disparate facets of the clarinet trio. Starting from the magisterial trios of Beethoven and Brahms, they began a journey to explore the influences these works exerted on other composers, and as they moved further and further away from their point of departure their project burgeoned into this comprehensive anthology in which all three instruments are taken to their limits in terms of their sonorities and technical capabilities.

Starting from the magisterial trios of Beethoven and Brahms, clarinetist Daniel Ottensamer, cellist Stephan Koncz and pianist Christoph Traxler began a journey to explore the influences these works exerted on other composers. As they moved further and further away from their point of departure, their search took them through several centuries and across every continent and their project burgeoned into a comprehensive anthology. “Our initial idea was to juxtapose these mainstream works with contemporary pieces, but our work on this project eventually got so out of hand that there was no end to the works that we discovered for our ensemble,” Koncz explains. “In all of them the tonal variety of the clarinet and the interplay between the three instruments is explored in completely different ways.”

The three performers decided to focus on pieces that had originally been written for their particular resources and not to include the many arrangements that exist. They begin with Beethoven’s op. 11 and end with Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Trio, in which all three instruments are taken to their limits in terms of their sonorities and technical capabilities. Between these two extremes lies a long and exciting journey which, as all three musicians have noted, keeps returning to the musical tradition of their home city of Vienna.

Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet
Stephan Koncz, cello
Christoph Traxler, piano



Daniel Ottensamer
has been principal clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera since 2009.

He is a prizewinner of the most prestigious international competitions, as the “Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition” in Denmark 2009.

As a soloist he is regularly invited to perform with renowned orchestras, among them the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Adam Fischer,etc.

As a chamber musician he has worked together with musicians such as Daniel Barenboim, Angelika Kirchschlager, Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson, Bobby McFerrin, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, etc.

He is founding member of the ensemble "philharmonix", winning the Opus-Klassik-Award 2018. Daniel Ottensamer recorded various CDs with SONY-Classical and the Deutsche Grammophon.

Stephan Koncz
comes from an Austro-Hungarian family of musicians and when he was eight began his studies at the Musikhochschule of his native Vienna. In 2000 he became a pupil of Róbert Nagy at the Vienna Conservatory, and from 2002 he also studied composition and conducting at the University of Vienna. His training and development were also decisively stimulated by masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim, Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Olaf Maninger and Tamás Varga as well as by chamber-musical activities with Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2006 Koncz became a scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy. The winner of several national and international competitions, he has also appeared as a soloist and chamber player in venues including the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus as well as the Berlin Philharmonie. His position as principal cellist in the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra resulted in an intensive collaboration with the violinist Maxim Vengerov. Having previously been a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra for two years, Stephan Koncz joined the cello section of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the beginning of the 2010/2011 season.

Christoph Traxler
„His hands glide sovereignly over the piano keys in an intoxicating manner, presenting an explosive listening experience....“

Born and raised in Upper Austria, educated in Linz and Vienna, Christoph Traxler has established himself internationally as a pianist with an enormously wide range.

Interwoven with the classical tradition, he goes beyond the boundaries of classical music with the ensemble „Philharmonix – The Vienna Berlin Music Club.“ His passion, empathy, experience, as well as his repertoire and knowledge, make him a demanded solo artist, chamber musician, accompanist and university lecturer, and emphasize his excellent position within the young international generation of pianists.

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