Light Over Darkness (Schnittke and Kancheli)
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Label: Odradek Records
Cat No: ODRCD341
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 8th September 2017
Erato Alakiozidou (piano)
Schnittke’s Piano Quartet (1988) was composed out of Mahler’s sketch for the unfi nished second movement of his student Piano Quartet written in the mid-1870s. While Schnittke sometimes clearly departs from the Mahler original, much of the time it is quite clearly present, often with additional material accumulating round it - chromatic chords, dense canonic treatments.
If Schnittke’s music is often in uneasy dialogue with that of the Austro-German tradition, the work of Giya Kancheli seems set apart from that tradition, linked rather with Pärt and Górecki. Like Schnittke’s Piano Quintet, Kancheli’s In L’istesso Tempo has a mournful tone, but while Schnittke expresses a personal grief, Kancheli’s is more universal. In a preface to the score Kancheli tells the listener to expect “threads of sorrow caused by the imperfections of the world”.
Erato Alakiozidou has performed internationally in countries including Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Poland and the UK. She has pioneered a number of projects including international music festival Synthermia, contemporary music ensemble Idée Fixe, non-profit organisation Beartive, and the Tangos a cuatro Quartet.
Named after the great 20th-century Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, and specialising in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Lutoslawski Quartet is one of Poland’s leading quartets. Since its formation in 2007, the group has quickly established itself on the Polish and international classical music scene, appearing in numerous prestigious festivals and concert halls, as well as working with IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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