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Cat No: MELCD1002486
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th September 2017
Piano Quintet in C major, op.posth.
Overture on Hebrew Themes, op.34
Piano Quintet in G minor, op.57
ArtistsLudmila Berlinskaya (piano)
New Russian Quartet
Igor Fyodorov (clarinet)
This recording is a live broadcast of one of four concerts that took place at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
This album features Ludmila Berlinskaya, a pianist, teacher and representative of the glorious music dynasty, performing with the New Russian Quartet, a string ensemble formed in 2008 that has won the recognition of domestic and international audiences. The recording also features Igor Fedorov, one Russia’s finest clarinettists.
Two large-scale works are the bedrock of the programme – piano quintets by Nikolai Medtner and Dmitri Shostakovich. For Medtner, who left the revolutionary Russia and lived in need for many years, the quintet was his last piece – he finished it in 1948 although he had nurtured the idea for more than 20 years. Dmitri Shostakovich finished his quintet before the Great Patriotic War. Technically speaking, this is one of the master’s 'classical' pieces, notable for its vivid imagery, depth and transparency of sound.
The album also includes two pieces for piano and strings with clarinet. These are Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes (1919) and the Sextet by contemporary Moscow composer Alexei Kurbatov. The latter admitted that he imagined a train that was moving away into the distance, as a symbol of the ever running life that we try to catch up with.
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