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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67512
Recording details: July 2004
St Paul's School for Girls, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: March 2005
Total duration: 4 minutes 15 seconds

'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)

'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)

'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' (The Sunday Times)

'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)

'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)

Elegy in D minor, Op 26
composer

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The brief Elegy for violin and piano, Op 26, was published in 1916. Its song-like quality disguises a sophisticated and shifting harmonic soundscape. Rhythmically, there is also considerable sophistication, the piano accompaniment at times moving into quintuplet semiquavers overlaid with triplets. Its fragile beauty is inescapable. Unusually, this piece was published by J & W Chester and for a short while provided a glimpse of Catoire’s gifts as a composer to the world outside Russia.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2005

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