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Georgy Catoire - Complete works for violin & piano
Herwig Zack (violin) & Bernd Zack (piano)
Georgy L’vovich Catoire was born in Moscow on 27 April 1861, to parents of French descent. Aside from his musical education Catoire studied mathematics and science at Moscow University and in 1884 graduated with high honours. Catoire’s musical oeuvre is not extensive; only about 40 opus numbers are known. His compositions include piano music (miniatures only!), songs, the symphony, Op. 7, one piano concerto, the cantata, Op. 5, and some chamber music. After his death Catoire and his music soon fell into oblivion. Outside of Russia he had never achieved any noticeable recognition, and in Russia his personal and musical profile did not at all correspond with the ideological demands the new masters expected to be met by a Soviet composer. Indeed a few of his compositions, like the Piano Quartet, Op. 31, were reprinted in the USSR during the sixties, and prominent musicians like Alexander Goldenweiser, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Leonid Kogan played and recorded some of his works. But still today Catoire ranks among the most unjustly neglected composers. His compositions demand formidable virtuosity, and the brothers Zack pull off his complete works for violin and piano with considerable aplomb.
Catoire was very conscious of his French descent, and the Zack brothers round out this album with a neat homage to Maurice Ravel with his ever-popular Pièce en forme de habanera and Tzigane.
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Catoire - Works for Violin & Piano
Laurent Albrecht Breuninger (violin) & Anna Zassimova (piano)
CPO’s rediscovery of little-known composers continues with the music of Georgy Catoire. Catoire’s works for violin and piano are truly representative of his wide range of talent and skill as a composer.
The works on this disc display a wonderful combination of French and Russian idioms.
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David Oistrakh Collection Volume 5
David Oistrakh (violin), Vladimir Yampolsky (piano), Alexander Goldenweiser (piano)
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David Oistrakh: Chamber Music Edition
Historical Russian archives, featuring both well-known and more obscure works.
Chant d'Amour, No. 3 from 'Suenos'
Bach, J S:
Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001
Trio Sonata in C major, BWV1037
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 5 in F minor, BWV1018
Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84, Sz. 75
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)
Flute Serenade in D Op. 25
Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 No. 1
Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Violin Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op. 15
Violin Sonata, Op 20 'Poeme'
Elegy in D minor for violin and piano Op. 26
Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin
Mazurek for violin and piano, Op. 49 (B89)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, Op. 13
Sonata for Violin & Piano in E flat major, Op. 11 No. 1
Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 22
Hungarian Folk Dance
Sonata, Op. 9 No. 3 in D
Caprice in D major Op. 3 No. 23 'Il labirinto armonico'
Nocturne No. 1 in D, Op. 16/1
Violin Sonata No. 23 in D major, K306
Variations (12) in G major on 'La Bergère Célimène, K374a (K359)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b
The Love for Three Oranges: March
Winter Fairy (Feya Zimy)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a
Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56
Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
Prélude for Solo Violin
Navarra, Op. 33
Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, D934
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63
From the Homeland: No. 2 Andantino
Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17: Nos. 3 & 4
Mythes, Op. 30
Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Méditation in D minor
Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34
Song No. 2 from the Bulgarian Suite, Op. 21/2
Racenista, for violin & piano, Op. 18/2
Fantasy on a Bulgarian Folk Dance "Khoro", Op. 18/1
Légende in G minor, Op. 17
Sonata for solo violin in D minor, Op. 27 No. 3 'Ballade'
Poeme elegiaque in D minor, Op. 12
Mazurka in G Major, Op. 25
The reissue of this unique collection of chamber music masterpieces, ranging from Baroque to 20-century, played by the legendary David Oistrakh, with his luminous, sonorous and deeply moving tone.
Partners include Sviatoslav Richter, Lev Oborin, Alexander Goldenweiser and Vladimir Yampolski. With his supreme technique, enormous precision in rhythm as well as extensive variety in sound, David Oistrakh is one of the most celebrated violinists of the 20th century.
This 10-CD release details some of his best chamber music recordings and is filled to the brim with first-rate performances. The compilation effectively documents the development of violin music, simultaneously revealing Oistrakh’s mastering of an extensive repertoire.
Beginning with J.S. Bach, who was one of the first composers to write for the instrument independently and whose works are given an overtly romantic appraisal by the Russian maestro, it also traverses a series of Classical compositions – including Mozart’s Sonata No.3 K306 and Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata Op.47. Most of the collection’s space, however, is taken up by a large assortment of 19th- and 20th-century music; this is undoubtedly where Oistrakh’s heart lies, and the violinist shows a strong commitment to pieces from his native country.
What is particularly evident from this release is that no matter how big or small, famous or little-known, each work is treated as a masterpiece. With largely forgotten names such as Catoire and Vladigerov sitting alongside some of the greatest composers in musical history, the compilation represents a musical feast that is not to be passed up.
The recordings were made between 1946 and 1973. In this 10 CD set, David Oistrakh plays chamber music and solo works including some rare material.
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