OLIVIER GREIF (1950-2000): Piano Trio, DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67.
Catalogue Number: 06I105
Reference: TRI 331128
Description: Greif's Trio is based on the DSCH musical monogram which pervades the entire piece (hence the coupling). The work contains many gestures which sound like Shostakovich, or allusions to his music (for instance, the quintet, the eighth quartet). If you bought any of our previous Greif offerings you already know that he didn't write 'easy' music, just music that grips your attention with obsessive intensity from first bar to last. Although the Shostakovich influence is as unmistakable as it is appropriate, the music does not sound like Shostakovich; Greif's incorporation of very French-sounding idioms - dances and traditional songs - along with occasional clusters and outbursts of the utmost vehemence, are very much trademarks of his own individual style, which even in its most tender and introspective moments - such as the third movement Romanze - is infused with premonitions of death and barely concealed tension and melancholy. The cumulative intensity of the last movement's fugato - again based entirely on DSCH - is worthy of late Beethoven or Shostakovich himself. If you're only going to buy one chamber music disc this year, make it this one or Greif's cello sonata from last month (05I086). Jan Orawiec (violin), Dmitri Maslennikov (cello), Jonathan Benichou (piano).