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Georges Catoire String Quartet, Op. 23 Piano Quintet, Op. 28 Utrecht String Quartet Anna Zassimova, piano MDG 603 2283-2 CD Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

Georges Catoire

(1861–1926)

 

 

String Quartet, Op. 23
Piano Quintet, Op. 28

Utrecht String Quartet
Anna Zassimova, piano

 

 

MDG 603 2283-2

(CD)

Price: 21,99 €

 

Pioneer

 

Georges Catoire was a decisive pioneer of modern Russian music - and yet today he fallen into obscurity. This new recording by the Utrecht String Quartet comes at just the right time: Together with pianist Anna Zassimova, a renowned expert on the composer, the Dutch musicians play Catoire's Piano Quintet, as well as the String Quartet op. 23. This is music of the Fin de Siècle, which is pervaded by an air of farewell that could hardly be more beautiful.

 

Cycles

 

About the same age as Strauss and Mahler, Catoire was a child of his time. Widely educated, he spoke several languages fluently and also felt at home in mathematics. His music has its roots in the 19th century: expressive harmonies are joined by finely developed rhythmic structures. His phrases, which are hardly ever symmetrical, always seem to hang in the air time and time again.

Retrospect

 

The works are exciting for performers and audiences alike: the flow of musical thoughts develops like a stream - nothing is predictable. There is a sorrowful, sweet melancholy that seems to wistfully nod at Russia of old – which the early Soviet Union couldn’t deal with. Nevertheless, the fact that he was allowed to teach at the Moscow Conservatory until his untimely death in 1926 bordered on a miracle.

 

 

Spotlight

 

Anna Zassimova has not only recorded several of Catoire's works, she is also the author of the only monograph on the composer to date. The pianist's passion has also unmistakably inspired the Utrecht String Quartet: One could not wish for a more accomplished and enthusiastic rediscovery!

Georges Catoire String Quartet, Op. 23 Piano Quintet, Op. 28 Utrecht String Quartet Anna Zassimova, piano MDG 603 2283-2 CD Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

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