28. Sep

Brahms, Duvernoy, Koechlin and Kahn: Felix Klieser unites “Horn Trios” of 100 years

Felix Klieser releases his album “Horn Trios” September the 29th with Berlin Classics. In the center of this collection he put the Horn trio op. 40 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). On one hand it’s considered as a masterpiece for the cast of horn, piano and violin – on the other hand it’s one of Kliesers favorite pieces. This way, it gave the impulse to unite a repertoire on the album that contains about 100 years. Together with the pianist Herbert Schuch and the violinist Andrej Bielow, he proceeded on an exciting voyage of discovery.

Horn, violin and piano: Who wrote for this combination of instruments?

“We asked ourselves: Was Brahms the first composer who wrote for this particular combination of instruments? What was composed before him – what came afterwards?” says Klieser. They discovered what they had been looking for in the French composer Frédéric Nicolas Duvernoy (1765–1838), who was a hornist at the Parisian opera. Nevertheless, Fauré-student Charles Koechlin (1867–1950), as well as Mannheim born and Nazis followed Robert Kahn (1865–1951).

Inspired by Johannes Brahms: Felix Klieser plays horn trios from the 19th and 20th century

Duvernoy wrote his two trios at the beginning of the 19th century and is rather shaped by the Viennese Classic, while the trios of Koechlin and Kahn were produced in the 20th century and have a deeply romantic expression. “The four pieces offer a contrast concerning the timbre of this particular cast” Andrej Bielow resumes and adds: “Especially Koechlin pushes to the limits of tenderness.” The piece „Quatre petites pièces, Op. 32: II. Très modéré“ aswell as Brahms trio for violin, horn and piano "Op. 40: IV. Finale" and a little preview of Duvernoy are already available.