Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Georgy Catoire. (1861-1926) Works for Violin and Piano.

From my collection.
Bought in 2014.
Label CPO.
First listen: 10-1-2014.
Second listen: 12-4-2017.
Recording dates: 27-29 February 2008.
Recording venue: Studio Karlsruhe (SWR) Germany.
Recording engineer: Roland Winger.
Running time: 66:21.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:Violin Sonata No. 1, opus 15.

Poeme for Violin and Piano, opus 20.
Elegie, opus 26.
Romanza for Alto & Piano, opus 1, No. 4.

Works performed by:
Laurent Albrecht Breuninger, Violin
Anna Zassimova, Piano.

Catoire music is extraordinarily difficult to play, and a highly intellectual composer, who asks from the performers as well as from the listeners 100% concentration. But then you are rewarded with such fine music, that you truly ask yourself, is this music from this world, or a reflection of another?

That he never became popular amongst musicians and listeners, is due to fact that his music is in a sense introvert,  but with expressive gestures, difficult to follow, and is therefore a hindrance from superficial listening. You really have to put effort in it. Most people don't.
With such fine performers as on this CD it is a feast to participate in their effort. Heart rendering, every note well considered, a true and pure form of music, very seldom found, let alone performed, I consider this music to be for the happy few that can appreciate its genius. He is not and will not be popular, and his name will remain unknown, but for those that have known his music, will never forget the impression it made.



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