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Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Etc / The Nash Ensemble

Release Date: 07/17/2007 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 91337   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Ian BrownMarcia CrayfordChristopher Van KampenRoger Chase,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Shostakovich's introspective Piano Quintet is one of the composer's supreme achievements. Perhaps it was the subtle nod to Baroque forms as well as the Beethoven-like use of fugue that earned this piece a permanent place in the chamber repertoire. The ensemble, led by Marcia Crayford and Elizabeth Clayton, shines especially in the playful and colorful Scherzo.
The Waltzes for flute, clarinet and piano are charming and delightful aperitifs, salon pieces at heart that never fail to entertain. Using the barest of means and written in a thoroughly tonal style, these pieces can be played by amateur musicians but enjoyed by everyone. The dotted melody of the second waltz, in particular, has a childlike freshness that is utterly fetching and
Read more beguiling.
The Piano Trio No. 2 of 1944 is a solemn work dedicated to the memory of a recently departed friend. With a touch of heavy dissonance as well subtle hints of bitonality and a great use of pizzicato effects, the performance here captures the work's dark, eerie and moody character. Certainly the macabre rondo finale comes off as one of the composer's finest--yet chilling--achievements. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Marcia Crayford (Violin), Christopher Van Kampen (Cello),
Roger Chase (Viola), Elizabeth Layton (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
Waltzes (4) for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 97c by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Michael Collins (Clarinet), Lev Atovmyan (Piano), Philippa Davies (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Levon Atovmijan (from film scores and ballets) 
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Marcia Crayford (Violin), Ian Brown (Piano), Christopher Van Kampen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 

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