Veress - String Trio; Bartok - Piano Quintet | Alpha ALPHA458

Veress - String Trio; Bartok - Piano Quintet

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA458

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th August 2019

Contents

Artists

Vilde Frang (violin)
Barnabas Kelemen (violin)
Katalin Kokas (viola)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Nicholas Altstaedt (cello)
Alexander Lonquich (piano)

Works

Bartok, Bela

Piano Quintet in C major, Sz23 BB33

Veress, Sandor

String Trio

Artists

Vilde Frang (violin)
Barnabas Kelemen (violin)
Katalin Kokas (viola)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Nicholas Altstaedt (cello)
Alexander Lonquich (piano)

About

The Lockenhaus International Chamber Music Festival is regarded as one of Austria’s most prestigious festivals: it was created by the violinist Gidon Kremer to offer a new vision of chamber music and the opportunity to create musical exchanges in an intimate setting. The cellist Nicolas Altstaedt succeeded Gidon Kremer in 2012 and now continues the spirit of the festival. For this first recording in partnership with Lockenhaus, he is joined by experienced partners, including the Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang, the Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen, the German pianist Alexander Lonquich – whose Schubert double album was recently released on Alpha (Alpha433) – and the British violist Lawrence Power. Together they have selected two works, the Piano Quintet of Béla Bartók, a demanding composition, rarely performed even though it is considered an intensely personal work, and the String Trio of Sándor Veress, a former student of Bartók. Nicolas Altstaedt has joined Alpha for several recording projects that will illustrate the full range of his talents, in a highly eclectic range of music.

Reviews

I think it fair to say that Kelemen, Frang, Katalin Kokas, Altstaedt and Alexander Lonquich sell this lovable product of youthful creative excess more securely than any of their predecessors on disc, certainly any that I have encountered. But what makes this CD unmissable is the Veress Trio, a masterpiece and a performance to match. I’ve already pencilled it in as a potential contender for next year’s Gramophone Awards. The annotation is excellent, including a fine essay on the Trio by Sándor’s son Claudio, also a composer.  Rob Cowan
Gramophone October 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice Gramophone Award Winner

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