RODION SHCHEDRIN (b.1932): Piano Terzetto, 3 Funny Pieces for Piano Trio, Cello Sonata.

Catalogue Number: 08J091

Label: Hännsler Classic

Reference: CD 93.195

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: Shchedrin is that rare kind of composer who has remained true to his artistic principles and personal voice despite having lived through some of the most turbulent and distracting times and places in music history. The melancholy, long-breathed first movement of the trio, reminiscent of Shostakovich, contrasts strongly with the riotous, boisterous irony of the second, a vulgar march with its climactic tuneless bellowing of a Russian folksong by all three players. The monumental cello sonata opens with a spare, withdrawn, ascetic introduction, and the nature of this music and the structure of the work - two slow movements separated by one in merely moderate tempo - makes one think of late Shostakovich, as does the pervading melancholy and barely suppressed passion of the work. The middle movement is an uneasy, drunken serenade, after which the finale returns to the darkest regions of emotional experience, generating almost unbearable cumulative tension before subsiding into a kind of despairing resignation. The Three Funny Pieces, which are just that, prove that not all is doom and gloom for this versatile composer, in pastiche, parody and broad good humor (the Rossini spoof is priceless). Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin), David Geringas (cello), Rodion Shchedrin (piano), Jascha Nemtsov (piano - Terzetto).

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