Although his works have been edited and performed sporadically since the 1920s, the late Classical music of Joseph Kreutzer still has not secured a firm place in the repertoire. For example, the Trios for flute, violin and guitar, Op. 9 , only appeared in a complete edition in 2001, and this CD is the world-premiere recording of these four delightful works. To this delay, one may say, "Better late than never," and choose to enjoy these light, serenade-like entertainments rather than suspect the works' quality because of their negligible performance history. In the spirit of Mozart but in practice more akin to the chamber music of his contemporary Louis Spohr, Kreutzer's music is efficient and unpretentious, abounding with infectious melodies, bouncing rhythms, and convivial repartee, and avoiding any trace of Romantic drama or pathos. The Gragnani Trio's fine presentation of the Trios is sure to please, both for the delicacy of its playing and for the conversational tone of the exchanges. Flutist Thomas Richter, violinist Anna Tarnawska, and guitarist Katrin Scholz produce a full sound, which is pleasantly surprising for such a small ensemble. Thorofon's sound quality is exceptionally clear and natural.
AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Trio for flute, violin & guitar in A major, Op. 9/1|
|Trio for flute, violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 9/2|
|Trio for flute, violin & guitar in D major, Op.9/3|
|Trio for flute, violin & guitar in C major, Op. 9/4|