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Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Etc / The Nash Ensemble


Release Date: 07/17/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   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

1. 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 
2. 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) 
3. 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 

Sound Samples

Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: I. Prelude: Lento-Poco più mosso - Lento
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: II. Fugue: Adagio
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: III. Scherzo: Allegretto
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: V. Finale: Allegretto
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): I. Spring Waltz: clarinet & piano (from Michurin Op. 78a No. 3)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): II. Waltz-scherzo: flute & piano (from The Bolt Op. 27)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): III. Waltz:: flute, clarinet & piano (from The Return of Maxim Op. 45)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): IV. Barrel Organ Waltz: piccolo clarinet & piano (from The Gadfly Op. 97a No. 5)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: I. Andante
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: II. Allegro non troppo
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: III. Largo
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: IV. Allegretto

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