Sébastien Melmoth | Hôtel d'Alsace, PARIS | 02/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
Robert Volkmann (1815-83) was a contemporary of Bruckner, Brahms, Goldmark and the like, at Vienna in the last quarter of the 19th Century.
Originally from Germany, Volkmann spent much of his professional career in Budapest. He may have had Jewish antecedents.
Volkmann was an extremely skilled composer, with an original voice and unique expressiveness within a general framework of the Romantic vocabulary of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Goldmark.
Surprizingly, cpo's Volkmann issues of the early-1990s are still available--for now. Personally, I enjoy his string Quartets, Lieder, and piano-four hands works. His piano Trios have also been praised.
Robert Volkmann: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 4
Robert Volkmann: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 6
Robert Volkmann: Piano Duets
Volkmann: 27 Lieder
Brahms: String Quartets
Brahms: The String Quartets/Dvorak: Quartet, Op. 96
Goldmark: String Quartet Op.8/Quintet Op.9
Goldmark: String Quartet/String Quintet
Schubert: Rosamunde Quartet/Goldmark: String Quartet