Re: Worst booklet notes you've seen
Posted by Peter Shott on June 4, 2016, 1:21 pm, in reply to "Re: Worst booklet notes you've seen"
I'm being rather naughty, because actually the two works on the disc I found especially interesting, and the performances and recording quality are both excellent. But I cannot resist poking a bit of fun at the author of the booklet notes. How about this: |
"The second trio....is also a reflection of its era. A depressed mood of inescapable horror weighs down the whole piece, funereal rhythms dominate musical events for long periods, the harmony is deformed, and because of a predilection for the deepest piano register the tonal palette is gloomy and ominous. Threnodies of the strings seek despairly to rise above the formless depths of blackly swilling masses of sound, but are interrupted again and again by powerful surges of unsettling brutality. The formal strictness of this gigantic work, with its three themes, its three-part formal layout and its powerful triple fugue exactly at its mid-point is also the expression of a pitiless implacability from which there can be no escape. The few gentle insertions - ethereal sounds of seraphic euphony - are no no more than mirages in the sea of despair, sensory illusions in the apocalypse of the present: the expected catastrophe has arrived and has effortlessly surpassed the wildest expectations. The times are marked by unprecedented cruelty and lawlessness with millions of people perishing through wars and starvation. Annihilation is final and complete....As a result, this work lies at the extreme outer limits beyond which no more art is possible and only the endless night of nameless terror waits."
Golly. So now you know. And its a piano trio.
Now I'm not going to award prizes for the first correct answer, but pose the question: It sure isn't a Haydn trio, so who is the composer?