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Shostakovich: Music for Viola & Piano / Lawrence Power; Simon Crawford-Phillips

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Seven Preludes (from 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Five Pieces from "The Gadfly", Op. 97
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Notes & Reviews:

On this disc, star violist Lawrence Power is joined by his regular pianist partner Simon Crawford-Phillips in a survey of the chamber music of Shostakovich. The centerpiece is the Viola Sonata, Shostakovich's last completed work, and premiered posthumously, on what would have been the composer's sixty-ninth birthday. Its ravishing slow finale reworks the opening of Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata - a tribute to a composer he revered. Shostakovich the fi lm composer also takes a bow in the form of The Gadfly, with its famous "Romance" beloved of violinists everywhere. That this works just as compellingly on the viola is triumphantly displayed in the arrangement made by Vadim Borisovsky (founding violist of the Beethoven Quartet), one of the Five Pieces he recast from Shostakovich's original. Shostakovich's piano Preludes have also proved irresistible to transcribers and here we have the seven brilliantly reworked by a pupil of Borisovsky, Yevgeny Strakhov.

"Power’s exploration of the viola repertoire on disc grows ever deeper, and this is one of his most compelling recordings yet for Hyperion." -The Sunday Times

"Crawford-Phillips and Power are eloquent interpreters, spare as well as generous in expressing the work's pervasive melancholy." -The Observer

Financial Times
[in the Sonata] Power and Crawford-Phillips get beneath the skin of a work that, in its balance between wit and wisdom, radiance and austerity, comes across as a mysterious embrace of life and death.

International Record Review
Such is the extraordinary nature of this sonata that it does not respond to any kind of superficial treatment, and Power's performance is, on balance, the most penetrating I have heard... in the Op. 147 Sonata Power is to be preferred above his rivals: there is an 'inner' feeling to his playing (and to that of his partner) which his competitors do not quite equal

Gramophone Magazine
Power's performance is particularly engaging in the witty, sardonic middle movement... if not the very last word on the Sonata, this is still a finely played programme that can be recommended with confidence.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012
Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips find a much greater variety of resonances in the score than is often the case. They embark on a musical narrative of epic proportions...For the most part, however, Power and Crawford-Phillips place most emphasis on the more grotesque elements of the writing, as if to suggest the composer recapturing the energetic satirical style of his earlier career.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Seven Preludes (from 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34) :: Un peu triste
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Seven Preludes (from 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34) :: Marche funèbre
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Seven Preludes (from 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34) :: Une valse vite
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Seven Preludes (from 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34) :: Une valse militaire
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Seven Preludes (from 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34) :: Mélodie amoureuse
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Seven Preludes (from 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34) :: Une danse ironique
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Seven Preludes (from 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34) :: Finale
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Five Pieces from "The Gadfly", Op. 97 :: Scene
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1955

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Five Pieces from "The Gadfly", Op. 97 :: Intermezzo
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1955

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Five Pieces from "The Gadfly", Op. 97 :: Sharmanka (Barrel-Organ Waltz)
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1955

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Five Pieces from "The Gadfly", Op. 97 :: Romance
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1955

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Five Pieces from "The Gadfly", Op. 97 :: Folk Festival
  • Performers: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano); Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/24/2010-10/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1955