Treasures of the Russian Chamber Music

Treasures of the Russian Chamber Music
Composer Anton Stepanovich Arensky
Artist Jerome Lowenthal, Christiaan Bor, Nathaniel Rosen, Paul Rosenthal, Godfried Hoogeveen
Format 6 CD
Cat. number 93081
EAN code 5028421930817
Release April 2006

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• Chamber music by Taneyev, Arensky, Shostakovich and Catoire. Chances are that you have heard of the first two composers. But have you ever heard any of their chamber music? And Catoire (1861-1926)? Well, this self-taught composer has been a well-hidden treasure whose small output is rarely performed.

• Russian-born violinist Boris Tsoukkerman introduced Catoire’s interesting chamber music to some of his Dutch colleagues. As a result several recordings were made to share their enthusiasm about this repertoire with a wider audience.

• At the time none other than Tchaikovsky admonished Catoire to continue composing. And later on both Arensky and Taneyev advised him on his work. And Rachmaninov too quite liked Catoire’s music . So there has to be something worthwhile in it.

• This set of 6 CD’s presents works by Catoire in a contemporary perspective juxtaposing them to chamber music by Arensky, Taneyev and Shostakovich. These include 2 piano trios and 2 piano quintet, a string quartet and quintets by the former three. And by Catoire there are a string quartet, a string quintet, a piano quartet and a violin sonata.

• Treasures are well worth exploring!

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32: Allegro moderato
  2. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32: Scherzo, allegro molto
  3. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32: Elegia, adagio
  4. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32: Finale, allegro non troppo
  5. String Quartet for violin, viola & 2 cellos in A Minor, Op. 35: Moderato
  6. String Quartet for violin, viola & 2 cellos in A Minor, Op. 35: Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
  7. String Quartet for violin, viola & 2 cellos in A Minor, Op. 35: Finale, andate sostenuto-allegro moderato

Disk 2

  1. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 30: Introduzione: adagio mesto-allegro patetico
  2. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 30: Scherzo: presto-moderato teneramente
  3. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 30: Largo
  4. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 30: Finale: allegro vivace

Disk 3

  1. String Quintet in G Major, Op. 14: Allegro con spirito
  2. String Quintet in G Major, Op. 14: Vivace con fuoco
  3. String Quintet in G Major, Op. 14: Tema con variazioni: Andantino-poco piu mosso-vivace-vivace alla marcia-allegro-allegrettomoderato-allegro vivace-notturno-introduzione: allegro non troppo-fuga

Disk 4

  1. String Quintet, Op. 16: Allegro moderato
  2. String Quintet, Op. 16: Allegro molto e agitato
  3. String Quintet, Op. 16: Andante non troppo
  4. String Quintet, Op. 16: Allegro impetuoso
  5. Piano Quartet, Op. 31: Moderato - Alllegro moderato
  6. Piano Quartet, Op. 31: Andante
  7. Piano Quartet, Op. 31: Molto allegro

Disk 5

  1. Violin Sonata “Poème”, Op. 20
  2. String Quartet, Op. 23: Allegro moderato
  3. String Quartet, Op. 23: Allegro fantastico
  4. String Quartet, Op. 23: Tema con variazioni
  5. String Quartet, Op. 23: Allegro impetuoso

Disk 6

  1. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: Prelude: Lento - Poco piu mosso
  2. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: Fugue: Adagio
  3. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: Scherzo: Allegretto
  4. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: Intermezzo: Lento
  5. Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: Finale: Allegretto
  6. Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67: Andante – Moderato
  7. Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67: Allegro non troppo
  8. Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67: Largo
  9. Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67: Allegretto