Elégie for Piano Trio, Op.16
Alexander Krein (1883-1951) was the son of a well-known Klezmer musician. He entered the Moscow Conservatory at fourteen, taking composition lessons from Sergei Taneyev. Subsequently, he joined the Society for Jewish Folk Music and began to weave Hebraic melodies into the format of orthodox chamber works.
The Elégie for Piano Trio, Op.16 dates from 1913. In it one can hear elements of the late 19th century style of the so-called Moscow School as personified by his teacher Sergei Taneyev, which he combined with the expressive fervor and sensuous harmonies characteristic of Skriabin. The music though emotive, is not particularly sad but rather more in the nature of an affectionate tribute. Mostly gentle, though at times highly charged, the Elégie is perfect where a shorter work is called. It would also make for a fine, substantial encore.