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Catoire: Piano Trio, etc / Room-Music

Album Summary

>Catoire, Georgi Lvovich : Trio for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op.14
>Catoire, Georgi Lvovich : Elegy for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 26
>Catoire, Georgi Lvovich : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 31
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'This is music which could certainly appeal to those who are attracted by Russian Impressionism, or by Scriabin's piano works, especially in these performances. They are led by Stephen Coombs, author of an informative insert-note, who is undaunted by the intricacies Catoire wishes upon his pianist' (Gramophone)

'Catoire demands a high degree of virtuosity and an ear for instrumental colour, both of which he receives here in performances of verve and panache' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Catoire's Piano Trio is reminiscent of Rachmaninov, while the Piano Quartet owes more to Scriabin. Fluent performances of both by this enterprising ensemble' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Catoire is a forgotten man of late-19th and early-20th-century Russian music. A maverick Wagnerian in his youth, he found success as a teacher, but since his death has suffered almost total neglect as a composer. Yet his music, which mixes the spaciousness of Franck with the organisation of Brahms and the expressive freedom of Rachmaninov, is extraordinary' (Sunday Times)

'The members of Room Music play the entire programme with a committed advocacy that can only assist Catoire's long-delayed emergence into the light. It makes a logical complement to Marc-André Hamelin's Hyperion recording of his piano music (CDA67090, while its greater timbral variety might provide an even better introduction to Catoire's singular achievement' (International Record Review)

'The performances are uniformly excellent, and as persuasive as can be. There's a passion and intensity here that clearly betokens a belief in this music; and the sheer beauty of sound evoked by Inoue and De Groote deserves to be heard for that alone' (Fanfare, USA)

BBC Music Magazine
This is highly civilised music. Georgy L'vovich Catoire (1861-1926) was a contemporary of Arensky and Glazunov... In both the Trio of 1900 and the Piano Quartet of 1915, the music is finely wrought, the invention fresh and the musical argument unfolds naturally. ...the performances are very persuasive. The recording is in the finest Hyperion tradition: very present and well balanced sound.



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Works Details

>Catoire, Georgi Lvovich : Trio for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op.14
  • Ensemble: Room-Music
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, Barnes, London, England (07/02/2004-07/03/2004)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1900

>Catoire, Georgi Lvovich : Elegy for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 26
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Charles Sewart (Violin)
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, Barnes, London, England (07/02/2004-07/03/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Catoire, Georgi Lvovich : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 31
  • Ensemble: Room-Music
  • Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, Barnes, London, England (07/02/2004-07/03/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1916