GEORGY CATOIRE (1861-1926): String Quintet, Op. 16, Piano Quartet, Op. 31, Violin Sonata "Poème", Op. 20, String Quartet, Op. 23, ANTON ARENSKY (1861-1906): Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32, String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 35, SERGEI TANEYEV (1856-1915): Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 30, String Quintet in G, Op. 14, DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57, Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67.
Catalogue Number: 01I048
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: This farrago of Russian chamber music from different sources (Challenge Classics and Channel Classics) includes two unissued discs of Catoire. The late quartet (1916) exhibits its virtuosity in its remarkable harmonic shifts and rhythmic subtlety while evoking the dream-like languor of mature Scriabin while the earlier pieces have a more pan-European quality to them. Catoire did not subscribe to the Russian nationalist composers' use of Slavic folk color; he admired Wagner and Tchaikovsky but he is also notable for the sometimes off-putting (for performers) rhythmic complexity even though listeners will find him a very attractive late Romantic to discover. Arensky's trio is well-known but the quartet (using two cellos), from 1894, is wholly Russian in material, with an ancient Slavonic chant used in the first movement, a Tchaikovsky song in the second and a patriotic hymn in the fugal finale. 6 CDs. The Amsterdam Chamber Music Society.