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FJoseph Kffner has 'flown beneath the radar' far too long. His tuneful works, very popular during his lifetime, certainly deserve revival. His String Quartet No.4 was commissioned by a muisc society in New York City, an indication of how well-known he once was.

Franz Krommer was regarded by his peers and posterity as the King of Harmoniemusik, a genre for a group of 8 or 9 wind players which was very popular in the last part of the 18th century.  His Wind Octet No.2 in F Major is one of the best.

The lovely Piano Trio No.6 in c minor which was also given the title "Serenade" by its composer Ferdinand Hiller was surely meant to entertain. It does that and more! This gorgeous music is sure to triumph in the concert hall and will be treasured by amateurs as well.

It is unlikely you have heard of Antonin Razek, but we can safely say that his Six Comic Pieces for Quartet are almost certainly the best of their type. Among them are The Cat's Serenade, Morning in the Chicaken Coop & several other wonderful pieces.

Franz Anton Hoffmeister nowadays is only remembered because Mozart dedicated his K.499 string quartet to him. But Hoffmeister was a superb composer in his own right and his String Quintet in B flat Major is thought to have influenced Mozart's own string quintets

Charles Villiers Stanford, one Britain's most important composers wrote eight string quartets but only saw fit to have four published. String Quartet No.5 in B flat Major was the last of these and was dedicated to the memory of his friend, the famous violinist Joseph Joachim.

The Quartet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn & Piano by the Swedish composer Franz Berwald is one of the very few written for this combination from the early 19th century. A work from the early Romantic period with Berwald's typical original touches.

Alexander Goedicke's arrangement of Tchaikovsky's The Seasons for Piano Trio is more effective and makes a greater impact than the original for piano alone. These wonderful 12 pieces have never been published as a set, only individually. Our edition presents all of them together for the first time.

Paris--the 1920's, The War was over and young people were celebrating like never before. It was the era of that new craze, Le Jazz Hot. And Darius Milhaud was enthralled by it. After visiting Harlem in New York City, the result was his ground breaking work La Creation du Monde for Piano Quintet. Constantin Dimetrescu was the most important Romanian composer of the 19th century. Founder of Romania;s first string quartet, he composed several tuneful quartets including his String Quartet No.2 in d minor which are not only good to hear but fun to play.