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Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787)

Piano Trio in C Major, Op.9 No.2

From an historically important set of 6 trio sonatas which served as models for Haydn & Mozart. Good cello part.

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Coquetterie for Violin and Piano, Op.15 No.2

An appealing trifle which makes a lovely encore. Dedicated to his teacher, Leopold Auer.

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Les Sylphides for Violin and Piano, Op.18

A sparkling work with two lively outer sections and a lyrical middle. Great recital pieces or encore.

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Hebrew Melody for Violin and Piano, Op.33

Inspired by Jewish Folk Music and often performed by Heifetz who championed this emotive work.

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Hebrew Lullaby for Violin and Piano, Op.35 No.2

Creates a new Jewish style combining traditional elements to create a moody evocative work.

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Dance Improvisation for Violin and Piano, Op.37

Based on a Hebrew folksong transcribed by Achron, this show pieces gives an example of how a virtuoso might improvise.

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Scher, A Hebrew Dance for Violin & Piano, Op.42

Based on an original Jewish Klezmer folk melody from a famous collection made by Russian ethnologists. Fine short work or encore.

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Mrchen for Violin and Piano, Op.46

A Jewish fairytale. The heavily ornamented violin part with its rhapsodic cadenza conveys the singing of a synagogue cantor.

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Canzonetta for Violin or Cello and Piano, Op.52 No.2

An emotive work which Achron originally wrote as a Lied based on a poem by a Hebrew Poet.

Nikolai Afanasiev (1821-1898)

Prize Winning String Quartet "The Volga"

Full of beautiful Russian folk melody, highly evocative of the life of the Volga boatmen. Well-written, grateful parts for all

Olof hlstrm (1756-1835)

Violin Sonata No.3 in d minor, Op.2 No.3

Historically important example of a late 18th Swedish violin sonata & a good candidate for the recital hall. Not difficult

Feodor Akimenko (1876-1945)

Petite Ballade for Clarinet & Piano, Op.19

A dreamy, emotive work showing some influence of the French impressionists.

Feodor Akimenko (1876-1945)

Cantabile for Violin & Piano, Op.31 No.1

Darkly tinged and melancholy, but very lyrical, this is a fine evocative shorter work for recital of the late Romantic Russian eral.

Feodor Akimenko (1876-1945)

Three Pieces for Violin & Piano (1912)

All 3---Valse, Doux Rve & Danse Rustique can be played where a short work is required or together in place of a sonata.

Feodor Akimenko (1876-1945)

Violin Sonata No.1 in d minor, Op.32

Dedicated to Eugene Ysaye & gold medal winner at the1900 Paris Exposition, combines Russian folk music with French impressionism

Feodor Akimenko (1876-1945)

Violin Sonata No.2 in G Major, Op.38b

Written two years after his first sonata, this one also combines Russian thematic material with French impressionism. Good choice for recital

Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Tango for Violin & Piano from Espaa, Op.65

The famous Tango in a very effective arrangement for violin and Piano makes an effective recital piece of encore

Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Asturias from Suite Espaola No.1 for String Quartet

This evocative work for the piano, but better known as a transcription for guitar is equally as effective for quartet

Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Sevilla from Suite Espaola No.1 for String Quartet

Originally for piano, the transcription for string quartet of this lively and evocative dance is as good as the original

 Eugen d'Albert (1864-1932)

String Quartet No.1 in a minor, Op.7

Brahms & Hanslick were astounded a 23 year old could write such a mature master quartet. Hear the soundbites.

 Eugen d'Albert (1864-1932)

String Quartet No.2 in E flat Major, Op.11

Dedicated to Brahms with his approval, this is a rich, late romantic work with many original ideas.

Johann Georg Albrectsberger (1736-1809)

String Trio in C Major, Op.9 No.1

An early string trio (most likely 1760's) from the teacher of Beethoven, Hummel, Ries, Moscheles and many more. Historically important

Johann Georg Albrectsberger (1736-1809)

String Trio in A Major, Op.9 No.2

The second of a set of six. Its four movements are an excellent example of the emerging early classical style though still with baroque touches

Johann Georg Albrectsberger (1736-1809)

String Trio in F Major, Op.9 No.3

The third of a set of six. It is in the emerging Mannheim Classical style with three movements, but like the others has some baroque touches

 Ernest Alder (1853-1905)

Themes from the opera Le Cid for Piano Trio

In the time honored tradition of operatic transcriptions, so fine it can be listened to as pure chamber music.

 Ernest Alder (1853-1905)

Themes from the opera Samson & Dalila for Piano Trio

From one of the very best arrangers of all time & commisioned by the composer to reach a larger audience

Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)

Grand Duo Concertant for Violin & Piano, Op.21

An exciting work full of dramatic Beethovian power. Idiosyncratic and original. Makes a strong impression.

Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)

Sonata de Concert for Cello or Viola & Piano, Op.47

AOne of the most important cello sonatas to appear before in the mid Romantic era. A big, powerful work certainly deserving of a place in the recital hall.

Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)

Piano Trio in g minor, Op.30

Powerful, dramatic and lyrical. There are quite a number of unique qualities in this attractive mid romantic work.

Franz d'Alquen (1804-1877)

String Trio in C Major (1849)

A very popular work  with appealing melodies, good part writing & no technical difficulties. Perfect for amateurs.

Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851)

Piano Trio in a minor

Historically important as the most important, & quite possibly, the only example by a Russian from the early romantic era.

Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851)

Variations on a Russian Folksong for 2 Violins & Cello

Based on the Russian Folksong In the garden this is an effective and well-written set of variations.

Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851)

String Qt No.3 in G Major "Nightingale" World Premiere

Among the best, early romantic era (1825) Russian string quartets. The slow movement is based on his famous song The Nightingale.

Johan Amberg (1846-1928)

Suite for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Piano (1905)

Beautifully written for all of the instruments. Catchy melodies. Fun to play and good for the concert hall.

Alfredo d'Ambrosio (1871-1914)

String Quartet in c minor, Op.42

An original sounding work which combines late Central European Romanticism with tinges of French Impressionism.

Johann Amon (1763-1825)

Quintet No.1 in F Major for Winds & Strings, Op.110

Combines the early Romantic with concertante style intended to showcase the horn and the flute.

Johann Amon (1763-1825)

Quintet No.2 in e minor for Winds & Strings, Op.118

Written in the concertante style this is a very attractive work, intended as a vehicle for horn & flute but with good part writing

 Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962)

Piano Trio No.1 in f minor, Op.1

A late Romantic masterpiece. Post-Brahmsian, powerful and compelling with excellent part-writing.

 Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962)

Piano Trio No.2 in E flat Major, Op.14

Powerful and dramatic, expertly combines elements of French impressionism with late German romanticism.

 Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962)

String Trio in d minor, Op.29

An important addition to the string trio literature. Appealing melodies in an early 20th century setting.

 Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962)

String Quartet No.1 in B flat Major, Op.9

Fresh and original. A first rate late-romantic-early modern work. Will appeal to pros & amateurs alike.

Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962)

String Quartet No.2 in E Major, Op.33

An attractive early modern work superbly written which belongs in the concert hall but in no way beyond amateurs.

Elfrida Andre (1841-1929)

Piano Trio No.2 in g minor (1884)

The Chamber Music Journal calls it a first rate work. You would have of heard it had it been written by a man.

 Elfrida Andre (1841-1929)

Piano Quintet in e minor

A fine work in the tradition of Mendelssohn and Schumann. Deserves concert performance.

Conrad Ansorge (1862-1930)

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.24

An extrarodinary work for its time (1909) or any time. A masterwork which makes a very powerful impression.

 John Antes (1740-1811)

3 String Trios for 2 Violins & Cello, Op.3

Surprisingly advanced for the time (1775). Unlike Haydn or Mozart from this period, the cello is an equal of the violins

Georges Antoine (1892-1918)

Sonata for Violin & Piano in A flat Major, Op.3

A dramatic, powerful and at times almost violient work, interspersed with lyricism In the French impressionist tradition with original touches.

Georges Antoine (1892-1918)

Piano Quartet in d minor, Op.6

Late French impressionist work by a gifted Belgian composer. Engaging and interesting, not technically beyond amateurs as well.

Enrique Fernandez Arbs (1863-1939)

Tres Piezas Originales en Estilo Espaol for Piano Trio

Three marvelous Spanish dances: a bolero, a habanera and a dance on gypsy themes. Very atmospheric.

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

Quatre Morceaux for Violin & Piano, Op.30

Four very effective and finely contrasting pieces, together the length of a typical sonata, make an excellent recital choice

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

Petite Ballade for Cello and Piano, Op.Op.12 No.1

The first of 2 pieces dedicated to Carl Davidov. A true recital work designed to show off the cellist's technique.

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

Danse Capricieuse for Cello and Piano, Op.Op.12 No.2

The first of two pieces dedicated to the famous virtuoso Carl Davidov. A beautiful romance.

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op.56

Three lovely character pieces which take full advantage of the cello's singing qualities.

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

Piano Trio No.1 in d minor, Op.32

Unquestionably a masterpiece of the romantic trio literature. It has it all, wonderful melodies and part writing

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

Piano Trio No.2 in f minor, Op.32

A fine work, much like his First Trio. Tuneful, good part-writing, showing the influence of his mentor Tchaikovsky

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

Piano Quintet in D Major, Op.51

Hailed by critics as a masterwork from the composer's late period. A very effective, stunning work.

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

String Quartet No.1 in G Major, Op.11

Light, bright and charming, it concludes with an outstanding set of variations on a Russian theme.

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

String Quartet No.2 in a minor, Op.35/35a

Dedicated to the memory of Tchaikovsky and show his influence. This is a 1st rate very Russian sounding work.

Juan Crististomo Arriaga (1806-1826)

String Quartet No.1 in d minor

Hugely talented and known as the "Spanish Mozart", this is the most Spanish of his three string quartets.

Juan Crististomo Arriaga (1806-1826)

String Quartet No.2 in A Major

His gift for lovely melodies is apparent from the bravura theme of the opening movement.

Juan Crististomo Arriaga (1806-1826)

String Quartet No.3 in E flat Major

Shows how well he understood the Vienna Classical composers but adds his own original ideas and themes.

Algernon Ashton (1859-1937))

Arioso for Cello and Piano, Op.43

Fine writing for both instruments. A good recital choice where a short work is required.

Franz Asplmayer (1728-1786)

String Quartet in D Major, Op.2 No.2

An historically important work from one of the leading composers of the early Vienna Classical Period.

Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)

String Quartet No.2 in b minor, Op.11

A powerful very late (1916) Romantic work pushing the boundaries of traditional tonality to new limits.

 Arno Babajanian (1921-1983)

Violin Sonata in b flat minor (1959)

A massive, powerful work which unquestionably belongs in the repetoire where it already is in Russia

 Arno Babajanian (1921-1983)

Piano Trio in f# minor (1952)

One of the most important piano trios of the 20th century. Full of drama, memorable melodies & interesting rhythms.

 Arno Babajanian (1921-1983)

String Quartet No.3 'In Memory of Shostakovich' (1976)

Composed shortly after the death of his friend, the famous Russian composer. Though very modern, still uses Armenian folk harmonies.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Quartet in a minor for Flute or Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano

TComposed in the year of his death, this work provides and excellent example of this once famous composer's late style.

 Edward Bache (1833-1858)

Piano Trio in d minor, Op.25

This wonderful work is like having another Mendelssohn Piano Trio on your stand to play.

Heinrich Baermann (1784-1847)

Clarinet Quintet No.3 in E flat Major, Op.23

A tuneful work with a very lovely Adagio once thought to have been composed by Wagner. His playing inspired Mendlessohn & Weber.

Mily Balakirev (1837-1910)

Octet for Piano, Winds and Strings

An early work (1850's) inspired by Glinka from the founder of the Russian Nationalist School of Composition

Michael Balfe (1808-1870))

Piano Trio in A Major (1867)

One of the leading opera composers of the Victorian era writes a trio full of exciting & catch tunes with operatic touches

Granville Bantock (1868-1946))

Hamabdil A Hebrew Melody for Cello & Piano (1919)

Beautifully written for the cello, highly evocative, a work sure to make a deep impression

Granville Bantock (1868-1946))

Sonata for Viola & Piano in F Major (1919)

A big bold post Romantic work. Lyrical and dramatic belongs in the repertoire and the recital hall

Joseph Barat (1882-1963)

Fantasie Romantique for Clarinet & Piano (1900)

This lovely work combines elements of French impressionist with the influence of Saint Saens et al.

 Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897)

Violin Sonata in f minor, Op.10

A recital hall must. Passion & melodrama, occasioned by the nervous breakdown of his mentor & friend Schumann.

 Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897)

Piano Trio No.1 in F Major, Op.6

A dramatic and powerful mid-Romantic Schumannesque piano trio filled with fresh ideas and wonderful melodies.

 Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897)

Piano Trio No.2 in E flat Major, Op.20

Post-Schumann. Fine part-writing, appealing melodies, this is an important mid 19th cent Romantic work.

 Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897)

Piano Trio No.3 in B flat Major, Op.37

Finely crafted. Excellent part-writing, beautiful melodies, first rate all the way. Suitable for amateurs & pros alike

 Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897)

String Octet in c minor, Op.15a

Reminiscent of late Mendelssohn and Schumann. Fine part-writing, effective melodies. A first class work.

Adolf Barjansky (1850-1900)

String No.1 in F Major, Op.6

A work full of lovely melodies, quite effect and fun to play. No technical difficulties, good for home or concert.

 Christian Barnekow (1837-1913)

Piano Trio in f sharp minor, Op.1

Here is a first rate work by an unknown composer that would be in the repertoire had someone famous penned it

Luigi Bassi (1833-1871)

Fantasia on Bellini's I Puritani for Clarinet & Piano

One Bassi's most popular and beloved opera fantasies as it makes a very fine showcase for clarinet players

Luigi Bassi (1833-1871)

Fantasia on Verdi's Rigoletto for Clarinet & Piano

This work, one of the most effective of its type is a showcase par excellence for any fine clarinetist

 Waldemar von Baussnern (1866-19317)

Serenade for Clarinet, Violin & Piano (1905)

Excellent part-writing & brilliant use of tone color & timber make this a valuable addition to the repertoire.

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Sonata for Viola and Piano (1922)

A dark, post-impressionist work, alternately filled with mystery, agitation, drama, and serenity & tailored to the viola

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Trio in One Movement for Violin, Viola & Piano, Op.4

A magnificent work, one of the best for this combination, a real tour d'force. Superbly written for all three instruments

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Elegiac Trio for Flute, Viola & Harp or Piano (1916)

Lovely impressionist work for this rarely served trio. Dreamy & reflective but highly evocative. A really fine work.

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

String Quartet No.1 in G Major (1918)

Upbeat and filled with the melodies of the English countryside with good part writing for all voices.

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Piano Quintet in g minor (1915)

A massive work, overflowing with original ideas and rich material. Excellent choice for concert performance.

 Antonio Bazzini (1818-1897)

String Quartet No.1 in C Major

This prize winning quartet combines the beauty of Italian lyricism with the structure of German romanticism.

 Antonio Bazzini (1818-1897)

String Quartet No.2 in d minor, Op.75

Perhaps the most dramatic of Bazzini's string quartets, yet still strongly lyrical.

 Antonio Bazzini (1818-1897)

String Quartet No.3 in E flat Major, Op.76

A fine romantic work combining Italian lyricism with the the influence of Mendelssohn & Schumann.

 Antonio Bazzini (1818-1897)

String Quartet No.4 in G Major, Op.79

A warm and pleasant work full of Italian melody and fine writing for all

 Antonio Bazzini (1818-1897)

String Quartet No.5 in c minor, Op.80

Bazzini takes the Italian instrumental idiom and creates a first class work in the great European tradition.

 Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.) Beach (1867-1944)

Violin Sonata in a minor, Op.34

Had this not been composed by an American woman but by a European man, this sonata would have entered the standard repertoire.

 Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.) Beach (1867-1944)

Piano Quintet in f sharp minor, Op.67

One of the best and most important piano quintets of the 20th century--and by an American woman no less!

 Alexander S. Beaumont (1848-1913)

String Quintet in a minor (1889)

Very well-written with some English folk melodies. Shows the influence of Mendelssohn. An attractive work!

Ignaz von Beecke (1733-1803)

String Quartet in G Major, M.9

One of the better quartets from the early classical era (1750's) by a friend of Haydn, Mozart & Dittersdorf

Gyula Beliczay (1835-1893))

Serenade in d minor for String Nonet, Op.36

Every bit as good as the better known serenades by Robert Fuchs. No nonet ensemble should miss the chance to play this fine work

Jan Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)

Sonata No.1 for 3 Violins in G Major, Op.4

A fine work with excellent part writing for all in which Bella by use of the Concertante Treble technique achieves surprising sonorities

Jan Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)

Sonata No.2 for 3 Violins in E flat Major, Op.13

One of the finest works for this combination. Bella's artistry is such that you hardly miss the deeper sonority provided by a viola or cello

Jan Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)

String Quartet No.2 in e minor

Nick-named "The Hungarian" this is a highly original-sounding masterpiece, withadvanced tonalities for its time (1871) & exotic touches.

Jan Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)

String Quartet No.3 in c minor

In the repertoire of the famous Bohemian Quartet, this work deserves to once again be in the repertoire. Good to play and to hear

Jan Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)

String Quartet No.4 in B flat Major (1887)

Though from the late Romantic period, it has its own special sound and rhythms, giving it a fresh quality. First rate and convincing.

Jan Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)

String Quintet in d minor (1868)

A first rate work which makes a fine addition to the repertoire. Echoes of Schubert & Bruckner but also original & fresh.

Karel Bendl (1838-1897)

String Quartet in F Major, Op.119

This quartet, by an important but lesser known Czech composer, is as fine as the best Smetana or Dvorak.

William Sterndale Bennett  (1816-1875)

"Sonata Duo" for Cello & Piano in A Major, Op.32

It might easily pass for Mendelssohn's "third" cello sonata. Lovely melodies with fine part writing.

William Sterndale Bennett  (1816-1875)

Chamber Trio in A Maj for Violin, Cello & Piano, Op.26

A charming and intimate work, pleasing to hear with no technical difficulties.

William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875)

Sextet for Piano, String Qt & Bass (or 2Vc), Op.8

An excellent companion piece for the Mendelssohn Piano Sextet. Full of lovely and appealing melody.

Hermann Berens (1826-1880)

Piano Trio No.4 in g minor, Op.95 No.2

A fresh, very effective work with fine part-writing and appealing melodies. Good choice for performance, playes well.

Hermann Berens (1826-1880)

String Trio No.1 in D Major, Op.85 No.1

First of 3 Schumannesque-Mendelssohnian trios. Important addition from the little served mid-romantic period.

Hermann Berens (1826-1880)

String Trio No.2 in c minor, Op.85 No.2

Good part writing, exciting, appealing melodies. Valuable mid romantic period addition to repertoire.

Hermann Berens (1826-1880)

String Trio No.3 in F Major, Op.85 No.3

A Mid-Romantic masterwork for string trio. Exciting, great melodies and part-writing. A highly effective work.

Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911)

Violin Sonata No.3 in g minor, Op.70

"Seldom equaled and never bettered" as one well-known critic put it. An unqualified masterwork from the Romantic era.

Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911)

Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano in g minor, Op.94

One of the finest works for this combination ever composed. A late-romantic masterpiece

Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911)

Piano Quintet in f minor, Op.95

A massive and important post-Brahmsian work hailed as a masterpiece by The Chamber Music Journal

Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911)

String Trio in g minor, Op.69

Altmann in his Handbook for String Quartet Players says it is an unqualified late romantic masterpiece.

Wilhelm Berger (1861-1911)

String Quintet in e minor, Op.75

Winner of the Beethoven Society Prize, a very valuable addition to the cello quintet repertoire.

Rudolph Bergh (1859-1924)

String Quartet in d minor, Op.10

A powerful and original sounding work written in a post Brahmsian tonality with early modern tendancies.

Charles de Beriot (1802-1870)

Piano Trio No.2 in D Major, Op.58

A mid romantic era work with appealing melodies with fine part-writing in true chamber music style

Henri Bertini (1798-1876)

Sextet in E Major for String Qt, Bass & Piano, Op.90

Of its type and from its era (early mid Romantic), if not the best, certainly one of them Wonderful melodies & good part writing.

Franz Berwald (1796-1868)

String Quartet No.1 in g minor

Well ahead of its time. Highly original, certainly nothing like it coming out of Scandinavia in 1818 let alone several decades later.

Franz Berwald (1796-1868)

String Quartet No.3 in E flat Major

An original and fresh-sounding. Combines stormy turbulence with Schumannesque romanticism.

Franz Berwald (1796-1868)

Quartet for Clarinet, Basson, Horn & Piano in E flat Major

One of the few works written for this combination from the emerging Romantic era (1819) with many original touches.

Franz Berwald (1796-1828)

Septet for Winds & Strings in B flat Major

A first class work for this little served combination. Good part-writing for all. Tuneful and fun to play.

Antoine Bessems (1806-1868)

String Trio in E flat Major Op.90

From the early French Romantic era. Appealing melodies with good part-writing for all.

Adolf Binder (1845=1901)

String Trio in C Major Op.1

Excellent mid-romantic era trio. Really fine part-writing, no technical difficulties and attractive melodic material.

Kaspar Jakob Bischoff (1823-1893)

String Trio in c minor Op.5

This trio was awarded first prize in competition where the judges were 3 famous composers: Franz Lachner, Louis Spohr & Josef Strauss.

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

Petit mari, petite femme for String Octet, Op.22 No.11

From Jeux d'enfants and arranged by Bizet himself for 8 strings, when played by an octet & not an orchestra retains its lovely charm.

Adolphe Blanc (1828--1885)

String Trio No.1 in G Major, Op.41

Attractive melodies this trio makes no great technical demands and is an effective performance work.

Adolphe Blanc (1828--1885)

String Trio No.2 in A Major "Carmen" Op.41

Appealing melodies, good part writing, with a Spanish Rondo finale which calls themes from Bizet's Opera Carmen

Adolphe Blanc (1828--1885)

String Quartet No.3 in F Major, Op.38

Written for chamber music players by a fine composer who himself was a professional chamber music player.

Adolphe Blanc (1828--1885)

String Quintet No.1 (2 Vla) in B flat Major, Op.15

A work full of lovely melodies, in the style of the Vienna Classics and with no technical difficulties. Fun to play.

Adolphe Blanc (1828--1885)

String Quintet No.3 (Vc & Kb) in D Major, Op.21

Beautiful melodies, solos for all. An effective work which can be played by cello & bass or 2 cellos.

Adolphe Blanc (1828--1885)

String Quintet No.4 (Vc & Kb) in E flat Major, Op.22

Written right after the third quintet, it has all of the same qualities and is for the same combination of ensembles

Adolphe Blanc (1828-1885)

Trio for Clarinet (Violin), Cello & Piano in B flat, Op.23

Early mid romantic work which is elegant and appealing. A pleasure to play and to hear.

Adolphe Blanc (1828-1885)

Septet for Winds & Strings in E Major, Op.40

It may have its equals, but there is nothing better for this combination. A beautiful and convincing masterpiece.

Ernest Bloch (1863-1931)

Sonata No.1 for Violin & Piano (1921)

Powerful & dramatic. A magnificent work combining elements of late German Romanticism with French impressionism.

Felix Blumenfeld (1863-1931)

String Quartet in F Major, Op.26

One of the very best late Russian Romantic Nationalist School Quartets. A beautiful work with fine part writing.

Jacques Blumenthal (1829-1908)

Piano Trio in f minor, Op.26

Critics called this first rate work 'Mendelssohn's 3rd'. With beautiful melodies & good part-writing excellent for concert

Sandro Blumenthal (1874-1919)

Piano Quintet No.1 in D Major, Op.2

A lovely work with fine part-writing for all. A fresh and appealing choice for the concert hall but also a pick for amateurs as well

Theodor Blumer (1881-1964)

Sextet for Piano & Wind Quintet, Op.45

Intended for composer & the famous Dresden Wind Quintet. Charming work, each instruments has a chance to shine.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Cello Sonata No.1 in A Major, G.13

The first of the most famous set of sonatas Boccherini ever published, dating from 1771. A fine rectial choice.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Cello Sonata No.2 in C Major, G.6

Each of these sonatas though having certain similarities has its own character and moods.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Cello Sonata No.3 in G Major, G.5

The only one of the set to have an Allegro alla militaire which is quite striking and makes a strong impression.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Cello Sonata No.4 in E flat Major, G.10

As in the preceding sonata, here we find strong contrasts in mood, created not only by melody but by his use of rhythms.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Cello Sonata No.5 in F Major, G.1

Actually, according to Boccherini's cataloger, the first sonta he composed. Like the others, a suitable recital work.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Cello Sonata No.6 in A Major, G.4

In the middle movement, we find a pieces clearly meant to showcase Boccherini's extraordinary technical abilities.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Two String Trios (2 Vlns & Vc) , G.77 & 78

The first 2 of Boccherini's first set of string trios combines elements of the Baroque with the new emerging classical style.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Two String Trios (2 Vlns & Vc) , G.79 & 80

These are the middle trios from  first set of Boccherini's string trios. Their style is typically more Baroque than the 2 above

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Two String Trios (2 Vlns & Vc) , G.81 & 82

The final two trios from  first set of Boccherini's string trios. They combine the Baroque and emerging classic styles.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Trios (Vln, Vla & Vc) Nos. 1 & 2, G.95 & 96

Two of the best trios from the early classical era. By turns elegant and exciting, the cello has an important role

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Trios (Vln, Vla & Vc) Nos. 3 & 4, G.97 & 98

Most of Boccherini's trios were for 2 Vlns & Vc. These are among the few he wrote for standard string trio.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Trios (Vln, Vla & Vc) Nos. 5 & 6, G.99 & 100

From a set which is one of the best for violin, viola and cello. The part writing gives each player extensive solos.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

6 Trios (Vln, Vla & Vc) Op.47 Nos.1-6, G.107-112

More intimate and on a smaller scale than G.95-100 trios. Elegant and graceful, full of charm.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Trio in f minor (2 Vlns & Vc), G.101

Every 2 Violin & Cello ensemble looking for a first rate work for this combination should consider this one.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Trio in G Major (2 Vlns & Vc), G.102

From the same set as the above and just as good. Great part writing with true Boccherini melodies.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Trio in Eb Major (2 Vlns & Vc), G.103

Another fine work from this set, well worth having for ensembles seeking trios for this combination.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Trio in D Major (2 Vlns & Vc) "El Fandango"

Perhaps the best trio Boccherini wrote for this combination complete with an exciting Spanish fandango.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Trio in C Major (2 Vlns & Vc), G.105

Another fine work from this famous set of trios with the final movement having a set of variations which features each instrument.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Quartet in c minor, G.159 (Op.2 No.1)

Boccherini's first string quartet. Hence of historical importantce but good part-writing for all including the cello.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Quartet in C Major, G.164 (Op.2 No.6)

The Sixth of Boccherini's first set of quartets from his Italian days. Again the cello is given solos and a chance to lead.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Quartet in D Major, G.177 (Op.15 No.1)

One of Boccherini's early works showing the influence of his time spent in Paris. Well suited to amateur groups.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Quintet (2Vc) in E Maj, Op.11 No.5 "Ladykillers"

The Quintet takes its name from its famous "Celebrated" Minuet used in the popular British film, The Ladykillers

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Quintet (2Vc) in d minor, Op.13 No.4

One of the few quintets in the minor, the finale features a fine baroque style extended fugue.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Quintet (2Vc) in D Major, Op.18 No.2

Was nicknamed the 'Trio Concertante' quintet as the trio section of the minuet is only for the viola and the 2 cellos

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Quintet No.60 (2Vc) "La Ritirata di Madrid"

Actual title La Musica Notturna delle Strada di Madrid recreates the sounds and music on the streets of Madrid

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

"La Ritirata di Madrid" for Guitar & String quartet

Though not the original version (the one above is) it is this version which became the best known and most famous.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Sextet No.1 in E flat Major, Op.23 No.1, G.454

Quite possibly the first string sextet ever composed. Excellent treatment of all of the voices, lovely melodies.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Sextet No.2 in B flat Major, Op.23 No.2, G.455

One of the earliest string sextets ever composed. A must for those looking for a sextet from the early classcial era.

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

String Sextet No.3 in E Major, Op.23 No.3, G.456

Again, one of the earlies string sextets ever written. Historically important, with good writing for all voices

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Piano Quintet Variations on La Ritirata di Madrid

His most famous piano quintet because he included variations on the famous La Ritirada di Madrid march.

Lon Bollmann (1862-1897)

Suite for Cello and Piano, Op.6

Comprising four appealing movements which can be played as a suite or each separately as a short work or encore.

Lon Bollmann (1862-1897)

Variations Symphoniques for Cello and Piano, Op.23

Unjustly neglected masterpiece once a staple of concert & recital halls. A fresh option makes a lasting impression.

Lon Bollmann (1862-1897)

Two Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op.31

Short, highly atmospheric works which can serve as short recital pieces or encores.

Lon Bollmann (1862-1897)

Cello Sonata in a minor, Op.40

An important late French Romantic work. Original and atmosheric, it makes a fine choice for the recital hall.

Lon Bollmann (1862-1897)

Piano Trio in G Major, Op.19

A Prize-Winning work of high originality and great beauty. An unjustly forgotten masterwork of the first order.

Lon Bollmann (1862-1897)

Piano Quartet in f minor, Op.10

One of the masterpieces of the French chamber literature. Atmospheric, mysterious, then sparkling and dynamic.

Alexandre Boly (1785-1858)

String Trio No.1 in D Major, Op.5 No.1

Dating from 1808, it takes Beethoven's Op.9 trios as its model. A fine late classical-early romantic work.

Alexandre Boly (1785-1858)

String Trio No.2 in C Major, Op.5 No.2

Astounding proof that Boly was one of the few men in France at that time familiar with Beethoven's Op.18 quartets

Alexandre Boly (1785-1858)

String Trio No.3 in g minor, Op.5 No.3

Boly takes Beethoven's Op.9 c minor trio as his inspiration and composes a work along the same lines.

Alexandre Boly (1785-1858)

String Quartet No.1 in a minor, Op.27

Composed in the mid 1820's Boly's quartets mix elements of the late classical with the early romantic. A fine work.

Alexandre Boly (1785-1858)

String Quartet No.3 in G Major, Op.29

Boly takes early Beethoven as his model, something vitually unheard of in the France of the 1820's. A good work.

Carl Bohm (1844-1920)

 "Trout" Piano Trio in G Major, Op.330 No.2

A light, charming piano trio which quotes the theme from Schubert's famous quintet.

Carl Bohm (1844-1920)

 Six Light Piano Trios, Op.352

Easy to play, appealing melodies, audience pleasers, perfect recital works for amateurs & useful for pros as well

Emil Bohnke (1888-1928)

Piano Trio in b flat minor, Op.5

Pushing the limits of traditional tonality, a highly original, late Romantic work of the very first order.

Ren Boisdeffre (1838-1906)

Serenade for Flute, Violin & Piano, Op.85

A calm, dreamy notturno-like work expertly exploiting the tonal qualities of each instrument

Ren Boisdeffre (1838-1906)

Trois Pieces en Quatuor for Piano Quartet, Op.64

Three shorter lovely pieces which are perfect where a shorter program work is desired, each good for encores.

Franz Blsche (1844-1920)

String Quartet No.2 in c minor, Op.27

A fine late Romantic work with good part writing and no real technical difficulties. A good quartet for concert or homel

Mel Bonis (1858-1937)

Suite for Flute, Violin & Piano, Op.59

A thoroughly charming and enchanting work. Her music is the link between the French romantics & impressionists

Mel Bonis (1858-1937)

Suite Orientale for Piano Trio, Op.48

Here the world of the Near East and Arab North Africa are evoked through the language of French impressionism.

Mel Bonis (1858-1937)

"Soir-Matin" for Piano Trio, Op.76

An evocative impressionist two movement work which creates the calm of evening and the restless of morning

Mel Bonis (1858-1937)

Piano Quartet No.1 in B flat Major, Op.69

Highly praised by Saint Saens, this lovely work is sure to please. Gentle touches of French impressionism.

Mel Bonis (1858-1937)

Piano Quartet No.2 in D Major, Op.124

She called it her musical testament, with a mix of post and traditional impressionism with echoes of Gabriel Faure.

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

String Trio for 2 Violins & Cello in g minor

One of Borodin's earliest works based on a famous Russian folk song.

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

String Quartet No.1 in A Major

A first class work from his mature period with many very original tonal ideas and colors.

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

String Quartet No.2 in D Major

The 3rd Movt is perhaps the most famous piece he ever wrote, but the rest of the quartet is undeservedly unknown & 1st rate

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

String Sextet in d minor, Op. Post.

An early, Mendelssohnian work from Borodin's time in Germany with Russian folk melody.

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

Piano Quintet in c minor

One of the few early works to survive in its entirety, the quintet boasts lovely Russian melodes & fine part writing

Hakon Brresen (1876-1954)

String Sextet in G Major, Op.5

Highly praised by Edvard Grieg, a true Nordic sounding sextet with wonderful melodies and find part writing

Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)

Romanze for Viola or Cello & Piano, Op.89

A lovely work characterized by gorgeous, dreamy melodies. Emotive and very effective.

Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)

Piano Trio No.1 in d minor, Op.107

Original. By turns powerful, dramatic and lyrical, it is a fusion of Italian bel canto & German Romanticism

Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)

Piano Trio No.2 in D Major, "Trio Sinfonico, Op.123

As the title implies, written on a huge scale. A foundation work of modern Italian music. Very dramatic, romantic.

Pietro Bottesini (1792-1874)

Introduzion, Theme & Variations for Fl, Cln & Str Qt

A charming and appealing work intended to showcase the flute and clarinet in the style of Rossini and Donizetti

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)

Three Pieces for Cello and Piano (1914)

Interesting, atmospheric works in post-impressionist style which can be used separately or together the length of a short sonataA

Fritz Bovet (1825-1913)

String Quartet in d minor, Op.14

Appealing melodies & excellent part writing & not at all difficult make this a fine choice for amateurs,

York Bowen (1884-1061)

Suite for Violin & Piano in d minor, Op.28

A massive work dedicated to the famous violinist Fritz Kreisler combines late Romanticism with some French Impressionistic ideas

York Bowen (1884-1061)

String Quartet No.2 in d minor, Op.41

A combination of power, drama and romance. His style has been called Rachmaninov with a touch of impressionism.

Francisco Braga (1868-1945)

Piano Trio (1905)

A powerful and dramatic late romantic, early modern Brazilian masterwork with echos of the jungle & the bustle of urban life.

Gaetano Braga (1829-1907)

Souvenir du Rhin for Cello & Piano

A virtuosic recital or competition piece make a perfect encore. Lovely Italian melodies with technical fireworks

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Clarinet Trio in a minor, Op.114

We offer this famous trio in the standard version but also in a superb version for clarinet and BASS as well as one for violin or viola & cello.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

String Sextet No.1 in B flat Major, Op.18

We offer this famous sextet in the standard version as well as a superb version for cello and BASS.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

String Sextet No.2 in G Major, Op.36

We also offer this famous sextet in the standard version as well as a superb version for cello and BASS.

Johannes Brahms/Theodore Kirchner

Piano Trio arrangement of String Sextet No.1 Op.18

Brahms asked Kirchner to make this fine arrangement, once more famous and more performed than the original.

Johannes Brahms/Theodore Kirchner

Piano Trio arrangement of String Sextet No.2, Op.36

Ditto for work. It was done at Brahms' request & for a long time was more famous & more performed than the original.

Jan Brandts Buys (1868-1933)

Violin Sonata in a minor, Op.26

Simple folk melodies given original rhythmic accompaniments  create an original sounding work.

Jan Brandts Buys (1868-1933)

String Quartet in c minor, Op.19

Recommended by critics for both concert & home. Very appealing late-romantic, early modern work.

Jan Brandts Buys (1868-1933)

Suite in the Ancient Style for String Quartet, Op.23

A charming, light work, finely written with no technical difficulties that pays tribute to the baroque & classical eras

Jan Brandts Buys (1868-1933)

Romantische Serenade for String Quartet, Op.25

Lovely early 20th century Central European impressionist masterpiece where the viola shines throughout.

Jan Brandts Buys (1868-1933)

Sicilian Serenade for String Quartet, Op.28

Highly recommended by the Altmann in the Handbook for String Quartet Players as a program choice.

Jan Brandts Buys (1868-1933)

String Sextet in D Major, Op.40

Highly praised by critics this sextet can be played for 3 violins, 2 violas & cello or by a standard string sextet.

Johannes van Bree (1801-1857)

String Quartet No.3 in d minor

Mid Romantic work which takes Mendelssohn for its inspiration. Excellent part-writing with fetching melodies

Toms Bretn (1850-1923)

Quatre (4) Morceaux Espagnols for Piano Trio

Dedicated to Pablo Casals in 1913, these are beautiful, highly emotive pieces conjuring up pictures of Old Spain

Toms Bretn (1850-1923)

Piano Trio in E Major

An amalgam of the early Viennese romantics fused to late French romanticism. Fine part writing and melodies.

Toms Bretn (1850-1923)

String Quartet in D Major

Combines the influences of the Vienna classics with Bruckner, the French impressionists & Spanish melody.

Jean Baptiste Brval (1756-1825)

Cello Sonata in G Major (1787)

Here is very good work from the end of the French Classical period which shows off the cello with elegance.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Allegro appassionato for Viola & Piano (1908)

An excellent shorter recital work which exploits all of the viola's tonal possibilties.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Phantasie for String Quartet in f minor (1902)

Prize-winning work which pioneered the new, emerging early 20th century British style of writing.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Rhapsody Trio for 2 Violins & Viola (1928)

A late work from his so-called modernist period. It has a mysterious and elegant quality with fine part writing.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Cherry Ripe for String Quartet (1916)

Based on an English folksong. Tremendous showcase for String Quartet. Imaginative & captivating.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Sally in Our Alley for String Quartet (1916)

A romantic, lovely short work based on an English folksong. Combines traditional with modern approach

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Sir Roger de Coverley for String Quartet (1922)

The last of the English folksongs for quartet. Here presented in a serious of ingenious variations.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Three Idylls for String Quartet

Short tone poems tonally far ahead of their time, with elements of the blues and Latin music.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Three Novelletten for String Quartet

Finely drawn character pieces, drawing on many moods, at times very modern at others quite romantic.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

String Quartet No.1 in e minor (1906)

Highly original, full of passion, drama and fresh ideas, Bridge's use of chromaticism is very telling

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

String Sextet in E flat Major (1912)

A Post-Brahmsian work, combining English melody with touches of French impressionism. Power and impressive work

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Three Miniatures Nos. 1-3 for Piano Trio

Superb short character pieces of charming simplicity & lovely melodies, perfect little encores or as a short work

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Three Miniatures Nos. 4-6 for Piano Trio

A sad Romance, a jaunty Intermezzo and a brilliant, upbeat Saltarello make up this set of little gems.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Three Miniatures Nos. 7-9 for Piano Trio

Brilliantly written cameos each of which could serve as a superb encore or together as a short concert work.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Phantasie for Piano Trio in c minor (1907)

Bridge took the first prize in the prestigious Cobbett Competition with this trio.  Post romantic & impressionist

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Phantasy for Piano Quartet in f# minor (1910)

Considered one of the finest works ever composed for the Cobbett Competitions. An outstanding concert piece.

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Piano Quintet in d minor (1912)

Dramatic and powerful, the music speaks with Bridge's own voice. Fine part-writing and effective themes.

Hans von Bronsart (1830-1913)

Piano Trio in g minor, Op.1

Liszt called it one of the best works of its time (1856). An original, fresh, dramatic and powerful mid Romantic work.

Max Bruch (1838-1920)

Romanze F Major for Viola and Piano, Op.85

Extraordinarily beautiful melodies and highly emotive writing for the viola create one of its best recital pieces

Max Bruch (1838-1920)

Piano Trio in c minor, Op.5

A youthful work full of lovely melodies and dramatic episodes. Originally conceived. Grateful to play.

Max Bruch (1838-1920)

String Quartet No.1 in c minor, Op.9

Fine mid-romantic era work with appealing melodies and lots of excitement. In the Mendelssohnian tradition.

Max Bruch (1838-1920)

String Quartet No.2 in E Major, Op.10

Unjustly over looked first rate mid romantic era work. Mendelssohnian but very original rhythms and themes.

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

String Quartet in c minor

This fine quartet shows how Bruckner's roots were firmly in the classics. Excellent part writing and good melodies.

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

String Quintet (2Vla) in F Major

A unique masterpiece within the literature. Paralleling the grandeur of his symphonic works.

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

Intermezzo for String Quintet (2Vla) in d minor

This little gem was composed on the request of the famous violinist who asked Bruckner for a string quintet.

Ignaz Brll (1846-1907)

Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op.14

A pleasing work by this friend of Brahms with fine part writing and fetching melodies. No technical difficulties.

Franciszek Brzeziński (1867-1944)

Violin Sonata in D major, Op.6

A lovely and very original work combining neo-romanticism with the modernist trends of the early 20th century (1909)

Ole Bull (1810-1880)

Polacca Guerriera for Violin and Piano

Some say Bull was not a virtuoso. This work, intended for his own use puts paid to that false idea.

Ole Bull (1810-1880)

Sterjentens Sndag for String Trio

Johan Svendsen's very effective arrangement of Bull's famous melody (in English the Dairymaid's Sunday)

August Bungert (1845-1915)

Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op.18

Awarded first prize by Brahms & Volkmann, this fine work is filled with wonderful melodies & fine part writing.

Giuseppe Buonamici (1846-1914)

String Quartet in G Major (1870)

Called a treasure of the quartet literature, this beautiful work, is not difficult and is a pleasure to play.

Norbert Burgmller (1810-1836)

String Quartet No.4 in a minor, Op.14

Schumann said Bugmuller's a great a loss to the musical world and was responsible for seeing this work published

Adolf Busch (1891-1962)

Piano Trio No.1 in a minor, Op.15

Dark and brooding, beautiful, dramatic, strident and riveting, this is an important modern piano trio, a powerhouse in the concert hall.

Adolf Busch (1891-1962)

Serenade for String Quartet, Op.14

A very appealing neo-classical work. Excellent part-writing and not at all difficult to play. Good for concert and for amateurs.

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Serenata for Cello & Piano, Op.34

A charming, lyrical work which shows off the cello to good effect and which would make a fine shorter recital choice

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Kleine Suite for Cello & Piano, Op.23

No little suite as the title suggests but a full length tribute to Bach by one of his greatest interpreters. A rectial selection

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Elegia for Clarinet and Piano (1920)

Dark hued and evocative, lyrical yet sad, one of the finest of its type for the clarinet. Not to be missed.

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Violin Sonata No.1 in e minor, Op.29

An important work in the Austro-German romantic tradition which definitely belongs in the recital hall.

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Violin Sonata No.2 in e minor, Op.36a

A work, which though rooted in traditional tonality, begins to point in a new direction leaving romanticism behind.

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

String Quartet No.1 in C Major, Op.19

A work of great breadth. By turns brooding, heroic and humorous. This is a clever and winning work.

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

String Quartet No.2 in d minor, Op.26

An incredible quartet with tonalities way ahead of its time (1889). A masterwork from the post romantic period.

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Three Character Pieces for Clarinet & String Quartet

Written at the age of 13-15 these highly emotive and lovely works clearly show what a prodigy Busoni was and why he impressed Brahms

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Trio Sonata in D Major, Op.2 No.2 for Piano Trio

A valuable work by one of the most important composers of the German Baroque. The writing for cello equals that for the violin.


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