Gliere & Shostakovich - String Octets; Hahn - Piano Quintet | C-AVI AVI8553102

Gliere & Shostakovich - String Octets; Hahn - Piano Quintet

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Label: C-AVI

Cat No: AVI8553102

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 11th October 2019

Contents

Artists

Byol Kang (violin)
Florian Donderer (violin)
Yura Lee (violin)
Gergana Gergova (violin)
Tatjana Masurenko (viola)
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)
Hanna Weinmeister (viola)
Timothy Ridout (viola)
Artur Pizarro (piano)
Elisabeth Kufferath (violin)
Gustav Rivinius (cello)
Anna Reszniak (violin)

Works

Gliere, Reinhold

Octet, op.5

Hahn, Reynaldo

Piano Quintet in F sharp minor

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Pieces (2) for string octet, op.11

Artists

Byol Kang (violin)
Florian Donderer (violin)
Yura Lee (violin)
Gergana Gergova (violin)
Tatjana Masurenko (viola)
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)
Hanna Weinmeister (viola)
Timothy Ridout (viola)
Artur Pizarro (piano)
Elisabeth Kufferath (violin)
Gustav Rivinius (cello)
Anna Reszniak (violin)

About

The second live release from the famous chamber music festival SPANNUNGEN from June, 2018 features Glière’s and also Shostakovich’s unusual settings for string octet. The festival has brought together a group of extraordinary musicians to perform the pieces including Byol Kang, Yura Lee, Tanja Tetzlaff and Timothy Ridout.

Of all the major Russian composers, Reinhold Glière is one of the least well known in the West. His life spanned a vast period from the Czar’s reign to Soviet dictatorship, and he made it through the Stalin era relatively intact by mostly avoiding conflict without losing face. Such dilemmas were to haunt the lives of Glière’s pupil Prokofiev, and especially that of his colleague Shostakovich, 30 years younger, but they were not yet current in 1900, when 20-year-old Glière, still a student, injected all of his youthful verve into composing his String Octet in D major, op.5. The work soon gained immense popularity in Russia, where, still today, Glière’s Octet is sometimes even held in higher esteem than the likewise youthful and fresh String Octet by Mendelssohn.

Whereas Shostakovich’s well-known Eighth String Quartet and Second Piano Trio both bear the traces of inner anguish in the face of global and personal tragedies, the Two Pieces for String Octet, op.11, let us look back upon the beginning of an outstanding musical career that was nevertheless overshadowed by harsh difficulties. These two pieces with the headings Prelude and Scherzo are from the period when Shostakovich was still a student in Saint Petersburg.

Reynaldo Hahn was a fellow student of Maurice Ravel at Paris Conservatoire. He was born in Caracas, to where his father, a Hamburg businessman, had moved. His mother was from Venezuela. Hahn studied composition with several professors including opera composer Jules Massenet. He was in close contact with the Paris art scene and later became a close friend – intermittently also the companion – of author Marcel Proust. Reynaldo Hahn gained considerable renown with his song cycles, operettas, and ballets. His Piano Quintet in F sharp minor (1922) is a rhapsodic work in the lineage of French Late Romanticism.

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