Russian Chamber Music | Brilliant Classics 95953

Russian Chamber Music

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95953

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 25

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 13th December 2019

Contents

Works

Arensky, Anton

Piano Trio no.1 in D minor, op.32
Piano Trio no.2 in F minor, op.73
String Quartet no.2 in A minor with two cellos, op.35

Borodin, Alexander

Piano Quintet in C minor
Piano Trio in D major
String Quartet no.1 in A major
String Quartet no.2 in D major
String Quintet in F minor
String Sextet in D minor (unfinished)
Trio in G major (unfinished)
Trio in G minor for two violins and cello on a Russian song 'What have I done to hurt you?'

Catoire, Georgy

Piano Quartet in A minor, op.31
String Quartet in F sharp minor, op.23
String Quintet in C minor, op.16
Violin Sonata no.2 in D major, op.20 'Poeme'

Glazunov, Alexander

Novelettes (5), op.15
String Quintet in A major, op.39

Glinka, Mikhail

Divertimento brillante on Bellini's 'Sonnambula'
Nocturne in E flat major
Trio pathetique in D minor
Variations on a Theme from Mozart's opera 'Die Zauberflote' in E flat major

Myaskovsky, Nicolai

Cello Sonata no.1 in D major, op.12
Cello Sonata no.2 in A minor, op.81

Prokofiev, Sergei

Cello Sonata in C major, op.119
Melodies (5) for violin and piano, op.35b
String Quartet no.1, op.50
String Quartet no.2 in F major, op.92
Violin Sonata no.1 in F minor, op.80
Violin Sonata no.2 in D major, op.94a
Visions Fugitives, op.22 (arr. Sergei Samsonov for string quartet)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Cello Sonata in G minor, op.19
Trio elegiaque no.1 in G minor
Trio elegiaque no.2 in D minor, op.9

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Piano Trio in C minor
Quintet in B flat major for piano and wind

Roslavets, Nikolai

Cello Sonata no.1
Piano Sonata no.5
Piano Trio no.3
Viola Sonata no.1
Viola Sonata no.2

Rubinstein, Anton

Salon Pieces (9), op.11
» I Allegro appassionato
» II Andante
» III Allegro
Violin Sonata No.1 in G major, op.13

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Cello Sonata in D minor, op.40
Piano Trio no.1 in C minor, op.8
Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, op.67
Romances (7) on Poems of Alexander Blok, op.127
String Quartet no.2 in A major, op.68
String Quartet no.8 in C minor, op.110
String Quartet no.13 in B flat minor, op.138 (Adagio)

Taneyev, Sergei

Piano Quartet in E major, op.20
Piano Quintet in G minor, op.30
Piano Trio in D major, op.22
Violin Sonata in A minor

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Allegretto in E major for string quartet
Allegretto moderato in D major for string trio
Allegro vivace in B flat major for string quartet
Andante molto in G major for string quartet
Piano Trio in A minor, op.50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'
String Quartet Movement in B flat major
String Quartet no.1 in D major, op.11
String Quartet no.2 in F major, op.22
String Quartet no.3 in E flat minor, op.30

Artists

Andrea Agostinelli (cello)
Edward Auer (piano)
Alexander Bobrovsky (viola)
Tim Boulton (viola)
Alexander Blok (piano)
Christiaan Bor (violin)
Daniela Cammarano (violin)
Paolo Castellitto (viola)
Judith Chapman (cello)
Robert Cohen (cello)
Alessandro Deljavan (piano)
Alexander Detisov (violin)
Andrei Diev (piano)
Andrei Gridtchuk (viola)
Alexander Kniazev (cello)
Luca Magariello (cello)
Dmitri Makhtin (violin)
Matthias Maurer (viola)
Alexander Mndoiantz (piano)
Rainer Moog (viola)
Eldar Nebolsin (piano)
Cecilia Novarino (piano)
Daniele Orlando (violin)
Alexander Osokin (cello)
Nathaniel Rosen (cello)
Paul Rosenthal (violin)
Alexander Russakovsky (cello)
Timora Rosler (cello)
Staffan Scheja (piano)
Michele Sidener (viola)
Sergei Soudzilovski (cello)
Igor Suliga (viola)
Marcus Thompson (viola)
Rian de Waal (piano)
Klara Wurtz (piano)
Bolshoi Theatre Soloists
Endellion String Quartet
Fine Arts Quartet
Linos Ensemble
Members of the New Philharmonia Wind Ensemble London
Moscow String Quartet
Moscow Trio
Quartetto Energie Nove
Trio Carducci

Works

Arensky, Anton

Piano Trio no.1 in D minor, op.32
Piano Trio no.2 in F minor, op.73
String Quartet no.2 in A minor with two cellos, op.35

Borodin, Alexander

Piano Quintet in C minor
Piano Trio in D major
String Quartet no.1 in A major
String Quartet no.2 in D major
String Quintet in F minor
String Sextet in D minor (unfinished)
Trio in G major (unfinished)
Trio in G minor for two violins and cello on a Russian song 'What have I done to hurt you?'

Catoire, Georgy

Piano Quartet in A minor, op.31
String Quartet in F sharp minor, op.23
String Quintet in C minor, op.16
Violin Sonata no.2 in D major, op.20 'Poeme'

Glazunov, Alexander

Novelettes (5), op.15
String Quintet in A major, op.39

Glinka, Mikhail

Divertimento brillante on Bellini's 'Sonnambula'
Nocturne in E flat major
Trio pathetique in D minor
Variations on a Theme from Mozart's opera 'Die Zauberflote' in E flat major

Myaskovsky, Nicolai

Cello Sonata no.1 in D major, op.12
Cello Sonata no.2 in A minor, op.81

Prokofiev, Sergei

Cello Sonata in C major, op.119
Melodies (5) for violin and piano, op.35b
String Quartet no.1, op.50
String Quartet no.2 in F major, op.92
Violin Sonata no.1 in F minor, op.80
Violin Sonata no.2 in D major, op.94a
Visions Fugitives, op.22 (arr. Sergei Samsonov for string quartet)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Cello Sonata in G minor, op.19
Trio elegiaque no.1 in G minor
Trio elegiaque no.2 in D minor, op.9

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Piano Trio in C minor
Quintet in B flat major for piano and wind

Roslavets, Nikolai

Cello Sonata no.1
Piano Sonata no.5
Piano Trio no.3
Viola Sonata no.1
Viola Sonata no.2

Rubinstein, Anton

Salon Pieces (9), op.11
» I Allegro appassionato
» II Andante
» III Allegro
Violin Sonata No.1 in G major, op.13

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Cello Sonata in D minor, op.40
Piano Trio no.1 in C minor, op.8
Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, op.67
Romances (7) on Poems of Alexander Blok, op.127
String Quartet no.2 in A major, op.68
String Quartet no.8 in C minor, op.110
String Quartet no.13 in B flat minor, op.138 (Adagio)

Taneyev, Sergei

Piano Quartet in E major, op.20
Piano Quintet in G minor, op.30
Piano Trio in D major, op.22
Violin Sonata in A minor

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Allegretto in E major for string quartet
Allegretto moderato in D major for string trio
Allegro vivace in B flat major for string quartet
Andante molto in G major for string quartet
Piano Trio in A minor, op.50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'
String Quartet Movement in B flat major
String Quartet no.1 in D major, op.11
String Quartet no.2 in F major, op.22
String Quartet no.3 in E flat minor, op.30

Artists

Andrea Agostinelli (cello)
Edward Auer (piano)
Alexander Bobrovsky (viola)
Tim Boulton (viola)
Alexander Blok (piano)
Christiaan Bor (violin)
Daniela Cammarano (violin)
Paolo Castellitto (viola)
Judith Chapman (cello)
Robert Cohen (cello)
Alessandro Deljavan (piano)
Alexander Detisov (violin)
Andrei Diev (piano)
Andrei Gridtchuk (viola)
Alexander Kniazev (cello)
Luca Magariello (cello)
Dmitri Makhtin (violin)
Matthias Maurer (viola)
Alexander Mndoiantz (piano)
Rainer Moog (viola)
Eldar Nebolsin (piano)
Cecilia Novarino (piano)
Daniele Orlando (violin)
Alexander Osokin (cello)
Nathaniel Rosen (cello)
Paul Rosenthal (violin)
Alexander Russakovsky (cello)
Timora Rosler (cello)
Staffan Scheja (piano)
Michele Sidener (viola)
Sergei Soudzilovski (cello)
Igor Suliga (viola)
Marcus Thompson (viola)
Rian de Waal (piano)
Klara Wurtz (piano)
Bolshoi Theatre Soloists
Endellion String Quartet
Fine Arts Quartet
Linos Ensemble
Members of the New Philharmonia Wind Ensemble London
Moscow String Quartet
Moscow Trio
Quartetto Energie Nove
Trio Carducci

About

Russia is home to some of history’s most significant writers, philosophers and leaders. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Lenin, Chekhov and Berdyaev to name a few espoused radical ideas about art, morality and the human psyche. During this era the Orthodox Church loosened its iron grip over society and secular music became more permissible. As a result musical culture flourished with composers drawing on Russian folk and European classical traditions for their own unique creations. This set is a celebration of the nation’s creative prowess featuring a selection of the finest chamber music from this golden age.

The set opens with Mikhail Glinka (1804–1857), widely considered a colossus of Russian music who cast a shadow of influence through successive generations of composers. Next, probably the best-known composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893), receives due recognition here. While his most famous works are the ballets, this release sheds light on some of his lesser-known chamber music such as the abandoned Quartet Movement in B flat. Dating from 1865, the movement is all that remains of the composer’s first attempt to compose a string quartet, and the main theme draws its melody from a Ukrainian folksong heard by Tchaikovsky from a gardener at Kamenka (he would later use the same theme in Scherzo à la russe). The same disc also includes String Quartet no.2 in F, op.22, which Tchaikovsky considered to be his finest work.

Along with the greats, including Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Borodin, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, this release brings our attention to the hidden gems of the Russian chamber repertoire. Nikolai Roslavets (1881–1944), for example, is a sorely overlooked pioneer of modernism and a victim of censorship. Praised as ‘the Russian Schoenberg’ by Nikolay Myaskovsky, he experimented with atonality and sought to reorganise the twelve-tone scale, as well as form and rhythm. The Soviets, however, were less impressed and his music was officially repressed from 1930. To avoid detection by the authorities, the composer even went so far as to falsify three different versions of his autobiography. After his death his manuscripts were confiscated, and his name was excluded from Soviet literature and musical dictionaries. The revival of his music only came about in the second half of the century.

This release is a collector’s item for connoisseurs of Romantic-era music seeking to expand their collection, or for anyone seeking to dip into the world of Russian chamber music who is unsure of where to start. The Russian chamber music genre is intimate and detailed, yet the music here packs in the emotional force of a symphony.

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