Piano Trio No.2 in a minor, Op.64
Written in 1902, the Sinding’s Second Piano Trio. In a minor, must be counted among the finest of his chamber works. It has a generally Nordic mood and a romantic freedom of expression in its flowing melody and frequent modulation. The first movement, Allegro con brio, has a heroic cast, to which the lyrical beauty of the slow movement, Andante forms an effective contrast. The first and second movements begin in the minor, but the virile finale, Allegro, starts in the affirmative A Major. Near the end, after a masterly development and just when a conclusion is expected, a pregnant chord announces a brief and glorious epilogue. Themes previously heard reappear and the work ends with a satisfying coda.
Christian Sinding (1856-1941), along with Edvard Grieg came to symbolize Norwegian classical music between 1885 and 1940. Born is the small town of Kongsberg near Oslo, Sinding, after studying music in Oslo, attended the Leipzig Conservatory where he studied violin with Henry Schradieck and composition with Salomon Jadassohn and Carl Reinecke. Whereas Grieg's style of writing has been described as Schumann's technique combined with Norwegian folk melody, Sinding's is often and incorrectly characterized as combination of Wagner's technique with Norwegian folk melody. Although the influence of Norwegian folk melody can be fond in his music, Sinding did not use it, as did Grieg, so extensively. Rather, it was German romanticism, and in particular the music of Liszt and Wagner, which greatly influenced Sinding. But unlike Liszt and Wagner, Sinding relied on wit and developed a more cosmopolitan style. Writing in virtually all genres, his chamber music must be considered an important part of his output.
This work has been unavailable for well over fifty years, so we are pleased to make it available once again to professionals and amateurs alike.