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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)

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

An historically important example of a late 18th Swedish violin sonata and a good candidate for the recital hall. Not difficult

 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.

 Ernest Alder (1853-1905)

Pot-pourri on Samson & Dalila for Piano Trio

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

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)

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 g minor, Op.30

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

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

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)

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)

Piano Trio in f#minor

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

 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.

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

 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

 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)

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.

 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)

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 (1843-1936)

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

Jan Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)

String Quartet No.2 in e minor

A highly original-sounding masterpiece with advanced tonalities for its time (1871) and exotic touches.

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.

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)

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

Franz Berwald (1828-1885)

String Quartet No.3 in E flat Major

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

Franz Berwald (1828-1885)

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.

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)

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.

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 D (2 Vlns & Vc) "El Fandango", G.104

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

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 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)

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.

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

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)

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)

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)

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 (1866-1924)

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)

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)

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)

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.


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