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Catoire: Piano Trio, Etc / Room-music

Release Date: 04/12/2005 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67512   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georgy Catoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Room-Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The pioneering chamber ensemble Room-Music met with considerable critical acclaim with their debut recording of the music of Reynaldo Hahn. Now they turn their attention to one of Russia's most inexplicably neglected composers, Gyorgy Catoire (Marc-André Hamelin has recorded a disc of his piano music, CDA67090) - 'A captivating composer. Russian champagne of glowing vintage', according to Classic CD magazine). An early supporter of the deeply mistrusted Wagnerian musical innovations and a protogé of Tchaikovsky, Catoire overcame familial objections to forge a musical career which saw him become professor of composition at the Moscow Conxwservatoire and the spiritual father of a whole generation of compatriot composers. The Piano Trio in F Read more minor of 1900 is the first in a series of important chamber compositions. Confident and virtuosic, this early work reminds the listener of Tchaikovsky adn Arensky, even Rachmaninov, as its soaring themes of considerable innnate beauty constantly sever to enhance a reputation for melodic genius. The Quartet in A minor dates from sixteen years later. The composer's more mature style takes us into the world of Scriabin, a sense of fluidity pervading this music of ingenious harmonic shifts and rhytmical subtlety. Stephen Coombs and Charles Stewart complete the programme with a stunning performance of the miniature Elegy in D minor, one of Catoire's few works to have been published outside of his native Russia. An enthusiastic booklet essay from Coombs compliments the performances - and this important addition to the catalogue. Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in F minor, Op. 14 by Georgy Catoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Room-Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900 
Quartet for Piano and Strings, Op. 31 by Georgy Catoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Room-Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916 
Elegy for Violin and Piano by Georgy Catoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Room-Music
Period: Romantic 

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