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Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Piano Trio No 2 / Leonskaja


Release Date: 03/26/2008 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 98414   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String QuartetBorodin String Quartet members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Because of the presence of a piano and of the powerful emotions expressed in them the Quintet and Trio are commonly given very big performances indeed. The ones here are by no means small, but they are chamber music, and that seems to be the view of the pianist as well as the string players. The finale of the Piano Trio actually gains in power from this, the greatest weight of tone being reserved for the true climax, and half the intensity of the Quintet, in this reading, comes from a remarkably wide and masterfully controlled range of sonority and dynamic: note how very gradually the fugal second movement acquires warmth and how the poignant “Intermezzo” gains pathos from the delicate clashes of the piano line. Leonskaja is a superb Read more partner in both works, and no mere visiting soloist but a born chamber player."

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [2/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 

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