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Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)

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Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1755, 461 815-2 | Time: 01:05:00

Schnittke's Piano Quintet, a creative response to his mother's death, is an austere, haunting work full of grief and tenderness that marks one of his early ventures into polystylistic writing. The opening piano solo is unique, a spare statement of puzzlement in the face of tragedy. It gives way to a waltz, as if recapturing a lost past, then the graceful dance melody literally disintegrates as the strings venture off into other regions, vainly trying to reassemble the theme and failing. At the end of its touching five movements the music's despair is transformed into serene, hard-won acceptance. Shostakovitch's 15th Quartet, his final statement in that form, premiered just months before his death. It's six slow movements are shot through with contemplative sadness and regret. The music is so rich in texture and substance that attention never flags. Performances of both works could hardly be bettered; Lubimov is an outstanding exponent of modern music (as well as traditional repertory) and he's superb here, as are the Kellers, whose intensity in both works is sustained made the more impactful by ECM's life-like sound.

Review by Dan Davis

Joining together Schnittke's piano quintet with Shostakovich's last string quartet on a single disc was inspired. Both works were composed in the mid-'70s in the U.S.S.R., but more importantly, both works are intimately concerned with dying and death: Schnittke wrote his piano quintet on the death of his mother and Shostakovich wrote his last string quartet the summer before he himself died. But while the works have many things in common – a tonal language that moves freely from consonance to dissonance and an emotional intensity that can grow almost unbearable – there is one fundamental difference between them: Schnittke's is a public work of mourning and consolation while Shostakovich's is a private work that is not so much about dying as it itself enacts the processes of dying. In this 2002 recording of the quintet and the quartet, the Keller Quartet is joined by pianist Aleksei Lubimov in performances of immense strength and awful power. The Keller is a superlative young quartet whose severe tone and austere colors are wonderfully appropriate for the music. Lubimov is an affecting pianist whose playing brings tremendous depth and gravity to the quintet. Indeed, Lubimov and the Keller's performance of the quintet may be the most affecting ever recorded, moving from grief through mourning to comfort and consolation. While the Keller Quartet is equally well performed, its interpretation may be too dramatic and demonstrative for some listeners, making too public a process that is fundamentally private. But even those listeners will still be deeply moved by their anguished performance. ECM's sound is completely transparent and thoroughly unobtrusive.

Review by James Leonard, Allmusic.com

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)



Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)



Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)



Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)




Keller Quartett:
András Keller, Violin
János Pilz, Violin
Zoltán Gál, Viola
Judit Szabó, Violoncello

Alexei Lubimov, Piano (1-5)

Tracklist:

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Klavierquintett (Piano Quintet)
01. 1. Moderato (6:50)
02. 2. In Tempo di Valse (5:31)
03. 3. Andante (6:10)
04. 4. Lento (4:54)
05. 5. Moderato pastorale (4:39)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Streichquartett Nr. 15 Op. 144 (String Quartet No. 15)
06. 1. Elegie (11:48)
07. 2. Serenade (6:19)
08. 3. Intermezzo (1:49)
09. 4. Nocturne (5:05)
10. 5. Trauermarsch (5:04)
11. 6. Epilog (6:52)


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Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)