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Boris Tchaikovsky: War Suite; Piano Quintet / Olga Solovieva, piano; Maxim Anisimov, clarinet; Ioana Petcu-Colan, violin; Vanbrugh Quartet

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Boris : Quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola & cello
>Tchaikovsky, Boris : The War Suite, for clarinet & string quartet
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Boris Tchaikovsky is revered in Russian musical circles as one of the most original and innovative composers of the post-Shostakovich generation. A work of great depth and beauty, the Piano Quintet is considered his finest chamber work and a stylistic milestone which would influence aspects of the later Piano Concerto (8.557727). Based on a the score for the 1964 film While the Front is in Defense, The War Suite is an evocative portrayal of the horrors of battle, but also of heroism, friendship and lost love, at the Volkhov Front, south east of Leningrad, during the winter of 1942.

The Guardian, 11th September 2014
The performances, recorded in Moscow during the Vanbrugh Quartet's 2012 visit, are exceptional.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
The Vanburgh Quartet and pianist Olga Solovieva put real intellectual muscle behind the physical weight of their playing...the Vanburghs keep the music pulled psychologically taut.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The first movement is fairly tonal. If you love Shostakovich's quintet, you should know this one. The War Suite comes from the music for the film While Defending the Front Line; the director wanted Tchaikovsky to use a string quartet, but he suggested a clarinet as well. The suite is superb. There are several short movements, as you might expect; but they are of top quality. The clarinet part is especially enchanting.


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>Tchaikovsky, Boris : Quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola & cello
  • Performer: Olga Solovieva (Piano)
  • Ensemble: The Vanbrugh Quartet
  • Running Time: 35 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1962

>Tchaikovsky, Boris : The War Suite, for clarinet & string quartet
  • Performer: Max Anisimov (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964