Helps: Chamber Music With Piano (Atos Trio/ Robert Helps/ Spectrum Concerts Berlin) (Naxos: 8.559696-97)
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This recording is an exploration of Robert Helps's 'subtle sound world' (ClassicsToday.com on Naxos 8.559199), and his shared history with Spectrum Concerts Berlin. Highly regarded as a 'musician's musician', Helps is featured as both composer and pianist. Postlude is suffused with an atmosphere of reminiscence, and the flow of 'endless melody' in the Piano Quartet is comparable to Scriabin. Associations with the Second Viennese School are heard in the poetic Quintet and the virtuoso Fantasy, while the two Piano Trios mark the stylistic boundaries of his career. Helps's Shall We Dance for piano (CD 2, Track 12) was among his last recordings.
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