Great reviews for Voces Intimae’s debut recording for Warner Classics
JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL (1778-1837)
Piano Trios: Volume 1: Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 32; Piano Trio No. 5 in E Major, Op. 83; Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat major, Op. 93
Piano Trios: Volume 2: Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12; Piano Trio No. 3 in G Major, Op. 35; Piano Trio No. 4 in G Major, Op. 65; Piano Trio No. 7 in E-flat major, Op. 96
perform the complete piano trios of Johann Nepomuk Hummel on two CDs marking their first appearance on the Warner Classics label. The reviews so far have been ecstatic:
‘Highly recommended.’ ***** – Classic FM Magazine
‘The fine Italian group Voces Intimae… rightly esteem [Hummel’s] piano trios. Over these two volumes they perform all seven in bright, inventive, elegant style, valuing the composer’s spasms of dark meditation as much as his dashing virtuoso gallops.’ – The Observer
Founded by three musicians with a wealth of performing experience, individually and in ensembles, Voces Intimae gave their first concerts as a trio in 1998. Since that time the ensemble has performed in many of Italy’s major cities, from Turin and Milan in the north, to Florence, Rome, L’Aquila and Pescara in the centre of the country, and Messina and Catanzaro in the south. They have enjoyed notable success in London in performances at St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall, the latter concert broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The Strad
described Voces Intimae’s Wigmore Hall concert as "a performance of inspired clarity and subtle expression, characterised by a transparent reading and flawless intonation.” Elsewhere in Europe, Voces Intimae has performed in Brussels, Barcelona, Bratislava, Utrecht, Vienna and, most recently, at the Kitzbühl Festival (Austria). In November 2005, Voces Intimae performs in Antwerp. Voces Intimae’s repertoire has concentrated on the work of musicians inspired and befriended by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, fantasias and paraphrases based on operas of Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi and Italian and French trios composed at the turn of the 20th century.
Voces Intimae regard Johann Nepomuk Hummel
as one of the most important figures of the romantic era, yet one who is more esteemed than admired. Born in Bratislava in 1778, Hummel became a piano student of Mozart at the age of eight and made his debut a year later under the baton of his teacher. He subsequently performed across Europe, studying with Clementi in London and with Salieri and Haydn on his return to Vienna in 1793. Hummel became a much sought-after piano teacher in his own right as well as a celebrated pianist and a fortepiano virtuoso admired by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven. As a composer, Hummel wrote many successful pieces, including piano concertos, chamber music and works for solo piano and piano duet. Among these were numerous transcriptions of symphonies and other compositions by Mozart, Beethoven and others, which brought these works to the attention of a wide public. At the end of his life, Hummel lived in Weimar, where he became one of the town’s major attractions, along with Goethe and Schiller.
“We incline to the idea of going back to the old days, and we take pleasure in playing lovely music without having to sound like a charge of artillery; we like to show here and there the rhythm of horse trot … and are delighted by the sound of the fortepiano, with its indisputable charm and its equally indisputable limitations. All this forms our project, our Intimate Voices, those of emotions, of inspiration, of communication between similar souls.”