String-Trios from Bohemia

Deutsches Streichtrio

Works by Martinů, Pichl, Vanhal and Leistner-Mayer
[including two world premiere recordings]

Ingolf Turban, Violin – Jürgen Weber, Viola – Reiner Ginzel, Cello

“From Bohemia’s groves and meadows” – this is the best way to summarise the common root of the four composers. Pichl and Vanhal compose works in the early Classical style, while Martinů and Leistner-Meyer enrich the repertoire with aesthetic means of expression of their time in reference to Classical ideals. Anyone who likes to explore new things and wants to broaden their listening horizons is in the right place with this superbly interpreted programme.

“The Orchestra”: Deutsches Streichtrio: Streichtrios aus Böhmen

Ingolf Turban shines with a light and flexible violin tone and eloquent articulation. Reiner Ginzel on the cello and Jürgen Weber on the viola lend the accompanying figures their meaning with rhythmic finesse and dance-like vigour and rival the violin in virtuosity when their instrument takes the melodic lead. (…)
The playing of the three chamber musicians, their eloquent articulation and their sense of the big picture are certainly responsible for this – but perhaps it is also the origin of the four composers from Bohemia. This CD is certainly a pleasure to listen to.

Franz Peter Messmer, Das Orchester, 06/23, Seite 72

(…)The style of the German String Trio is truly masterly. It is characterised by confidence and virtuosity, elegant articulation and perfect phrasing. Another plus point, which early music lovers in particular will appreciate, is the sparing, almost baroque vibrato used by the musicians in works by Vanhal and Pichl. In two contemporary compositions, the musicians achieved an exciting, virtuoso and convincing interpretation (…)
Robert Majewski © 2023,

(…) The musicians strike sparks from this “friction”.
And despite strong competition from Martinu (String Trio No. 2), the trio by Roland Leistner-Mayer (* 1945) is the lighthouse of this strong album.

Burkhard Schäfer, FonoForum 03-2023

(…) The three professors of the Munich Academy of Music Ingolf Turban (Vl.), Jürgen Weber (Va.) and Reiner Ginzel (Vc.) interpret the four works with great stylistic confidence and virtuosity.
(…) Interesting repertoire! Amateur trios should take a closer look at the trios by Pichl and Vanhal. For professionals, the work by Leistner-Mayer is a clear enrichment (…)

Thomas Baack [14.12.2022]

Velvety soft to stormy – thrilling music from Bohemia “Neues

String Trio by Roland Leistner-Mayer entertains splendidly and has now been released on CD, fresh as a daisy
(…) The three gentlemen approach the music with verve and a broad palette of colours. (…) Eschewing fashions and current trends, Roland Leistner-Mayer is probably one of the most distinctive composers in Germany at the moment.

OVB (Zeitung), Rosenheim, Walther Prokop, 15.12.2022

The performance of the members of the German String Trio is completely convincing, as they are able to emphasise the brilliance and light-heartedness of the pieces by Vanhal and Pichl, in which the phrasing stands out through musical flow and precision, as well as the even more demanding pieces by Leistner-Mayer and Martinů, in which the emphasis on technical and expressive roughness succeeds – to effectively present both the tension and the harmonic and melodic unfolding. An extremely fascinating disc, both in terms of the programme and the interpretation.

“… There is no question in my mind that it is a fascinating listening experience, because it not only places high demands on compositional melodic and harmonic ingenuity, but also on such important things as counterpoint, balance and tone colour. […] Lovers of the string trio can look forward to the album with the four string trios, which is appropriately entitled ‘String Trios from Bohemia’. […] So you know what to expect from these string trios from Bohemia in terms of playing and interpretation. A jewel!”

(…) String trios from Bohemia.
Of the four pieces on the disc, it is the Leistner-Mayer Trio that caught my attention the most – and not just because it is a phonographic premiere. Although Roland Leistner-Mayer trained as a composer with Harald Genzmer at the Munich Academy of Music, my associations here were more with Leoš Janáček than with the German school of composition. Melancholic, gloomy, but also very dramatic passages are intermingled with lighter ones, often with a dance-like provenance. The composer formulates his thoughts equally convincingly in both short phrases and longer melodic arcs. This creates an exciting story whose twists and turns are a pleasure to follow.