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Piano Quintets: David Matthews - Dmitri Shostakovich

Martin Cousin, Villiers Quartet

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Piano Quintet, Op. 92  
1
I. Praeludio. Moderato con moto
David Matthews; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
4:46
2
II. Tango. Urgente
David Matthews; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
5:00
3
III. Ciaccona. Largo
David Matthews; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
6:08
4
IV. Canto. Allegretto giocoso
David Matthews; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
4:29
Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57  
5
I. Prelude. Lento
Dmitri Shostakovich; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
4:42
6
II. Fugue. Adagio
Dmitri Shostakovich; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
9:25
7
III. Scherzo. Allegretto
Dmitri Shostakovich; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
3:28
8
IV. Intermezzo. Lento
Dmitri Shostakovich; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
6:38
9
V. Finale. Allegretto
Dmitri Shostakovich; Martin Cousin; Villiers Quartet
7:27
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    52:03
Pianist Martin Cousin and the Villiers String Quartet present the world premiere recording of the Piano Quintet by David Matthews, coupled with an ideal companion piece by Shostakovich. Matthews composed his quintet in 2004 as an engagement present for his wife, so in his view, its overall happy mood is appropriate. Shostakovich's quintet is considered one of his finest works and one of a small handful of great piano quintets written in the 20th century. There is a certain affinity between the Matthews piece and that of Shostakovich: apparent similarities in pace and mood as well as the special interaction between piano and strings.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – SOMM Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford on January 20 and 21, 2015
Recording producer: Siva Oke
Recording engineer: Ben Connellan
Front cover: A Stream in the Forest by Vladimir Telin (1992), oil on canvas, courtesy of the Institute of Realist Art, Moscow
Design and layout: Andrew Giles

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