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Review: London Piano Trio - Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music
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Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music
 Artist: London Piano Trio
 Album: Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music - First Recordings
 Date of Release: 2013/07/01
 Label: Toccata Classics
 Cat. No.: TOCC0196
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 Country of Release: UK
 Genre/s: Classical


 Sub-Genre/s: Chamber Music, Instrumental Music
 Type: Studio
   Time: 57:49
   Date of Review: 2013/07/25
   Web Site: http://www.londonpianotrio.com/
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Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music

The London Piano Trio's Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music was just released this 1st July on Toccata Classics. It covers all the surviving chamber and instrumental music written by this Moscow-born composer in his short life in first recordings.

Sadly, Komarnitsky is little known outside the former Soviet Union, having never been heard beyond its confines until 1996. Sadly, because judging by the works presented here Komarnitsky was a truly gifted and outstanding composer. The music on Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music is absolutely exquisite and a delight. The piano music has an innocent charm and humour and reflects back to Shostakovich and Prokofiev, while Slavic soul deeply colours the string works. It is fervently to be hoped that these first recordings by the London Piano Trio will make a huge contribution to this exquisite music becoming better known.

The world-class London Piano Trio themselves will need no introduction, as probably the finest piano trio of the age, having toured the planet and recorded as well as taught for no less than seventeen years now and currently enjoying residencies at the Danbury Festival in Essex and at one of London's finest venues, St. John's, Smith Square. Indeed, they are one of Britain's great musical National Treasures. They are led by leading violinist Robert Atchison and further comprise extraordinary pianist Olga Dudnik and cellist David Jones.

Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music could be considered a slightly odd recording in that there is not a single work for trio, and thus the members of the London Piano Trio perform either individually or in duet, i.e., Atchison and Dudnik. Their performances are all every bit as exquisite as the music.

It would be impossible to single out any particular work or performance here as more outstanding than the rest. Atchison, Dudnik and Jones excel one as much as the other and respectively take the listener to violin, piano and cello heaven. Komarnitsky's works all shine in their own right, the music beautifully accessible - he never loses touch with the listener! - as well as lyrical. There always is plenty of melodic, harmonic as well as rhythmic interest.

Notable about the solo piano works is their general brevity, many lasting under a minute. But it is truly remarkable just how much content Komarnitsky manages to squeeze into that short time span.

Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music has a charm that will keep the listener spell-bound for repeated listen after listen, it is a mesmerising delight that is full of beauty. The word 'exquisite' could be defined by this album and by the London Piano Trio.

The album was recorded in the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist in Danbury, Essex, with superb acoustics, and the production by Peter Shore is outstanding. The CD comes with a booklet with extensive notes on Komarnitsky and the recording.

The London Piano Trio's Oleg Komarnitsky: Chamber And Instrumental Music is the must have classical release of the year so far as far as I am concerned. An album to treasure. It also throws down a gauntlet to conductors, orchestras, choirs, etc. to look at Komarnitsky's music and record this mostly as yet unrecorded body of work.
 

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Track List:

 1. Sonata for Violin and Piano, Alyonushka (1970) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) - 11:26

Suite for Piano (1968,75) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) :
 2. No. 1 Autumn - 2:00
 3. No. 2 Humoresque - 0:56
 4. No. 3 Mischief - 1:14

Sonata for Solo Cello in C minor (1973) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) :
 5. I Andante espressivo e poco rubato - 7:44
 6. II Allegro ma non troppo - 3:04

Two Pieces for Piano (1974) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) :
 7. No. 1 Joke - 1:01
 8. No. 2 March of the Chess Pieces - 0:55

 9. Andante amoroso for violin and piano (1996) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) - 5:43

Two Pieces on Swiss Folksongs for Piano (1976) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) :
10. No. 1 The Flowers Have Gone to Sleep - 1:09
11. No. 2 Winter in the Forest - 1:15

12. Monologue for solo violin (1995) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) - 7:09

13. Canon: ‘In a Smithy’ (Old Clavecinists’ Style) for piano (1980) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) - 0:47

14. ‘Mockery’ (from Ironic Humoresques) for piano (1981) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) - 1:32

15. Slavonic Capriccio for violin and piano (1969, transcr. 1987) Oleg Komarnitsky (1946–98) - 11:51


All First Recordings

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Credits:

London Piano Trio :

Robert Atchison - violin (1, 9, 12, 15)
Olga Dudnik - piano (1 - 4, 7 - 11, 13 - 15)
David Jones - cello (5 - 6)


 

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