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Shostakovich: Chamber Music / Auer, Van Keulen, Et Al


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 7535   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Christiaan BorMarcus ThompsonEdward AuerPaul Rosenthal,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 56 Mins. 

Imported from : UNITED KINGDOM   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a handy set, even if individual performances have been bettered elsewhere. It contains (on three discs) all of Shostakovich's important non-string-quartet chamber works. The performances of the Piano Quintet and Piano Trio No. 2, by Edward Auer and various string-playing associates, are very good, if perhaps lacking the manic energy and pain-wracked tension that the Borodin Trio & Co. (Chandos) bring to the music. Similarly, the Cello Sonata is well done by Timora Rosler (cello) and Klára Würtz, while Colin Stone handles the two piano sonatas with aplomb and more than sufficient technical facility (Shostakovich's piano writing is rarely difficult in the conventional sense of being note-ridden and overtly flashy). Read more />
The best performances, though, are the Violin and Viola Sonatas, with Isabelle van Keulen (always a pleasure) and Ronald Brautigam. The latter work in particular, given a much more swift and positive interpretation than usual, especially in the concluding Adagio, will come as a relief to those put off by performances that stretch the finale to nearly 20 minutes. There's more meat on the bones of these late works than many renditions allow, and it's good to hear the artists willing to dig in and let the music sing, at least as much as it seems to want to. This set, in very decent sound, provides an easy way to round out your Shostakovich collection. Just don't listen to all three discs at once.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Christiaan Bor (Violin), Marcus Thompson (Viola), Edward Auer (Piano),
Paul Rosenthal (Violin), Godfried Hoogeveen (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam 
Length: 30 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Paul Rosenthal (Violin), Edward Auer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam 
Length: 25 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 28 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Viola), Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 27 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Timora Rosler (Cello), Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B minor, Op. 61 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Colin Stone (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USSR 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  St. Philip's Church, Norbury, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 12 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Colin Stone (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USSR 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  St. Philip's Church, Norbury, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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