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Shostakovich: Piano Trios 1 & 2 - Viola Sonata

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, Mats Lidström, Ada Meinich

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Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8
Dmitri Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay; Mats Lidström
Piano Trio No.2, Op.67  
I. Andante - Moderato - Poco più mosso
Dmitri Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay; Mats Lidström
II. Allegro con brio
Dmitri Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay; Mats Lidström
III. Largo
Dmitri Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay; Mats Lidström
IV. Allegretto - Adagio
Dmitri Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay; Mats Lidström
Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op.147  
I. Moderato
Dmitri Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Ada Meinich
II. Allegretto
Dmitri Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Ada Meinich
III. Adagio
Dmitri Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Ada Meinich
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:44
This album dedicated to Shostakovich echoes a long musical and personal friendship between the composer and Vladimir Ashkenazy; their intimate relationship adding a unique touch to Ashkenazy's interpretations here. The programme covers Shostakovich's entire life, from the rarely performed Piano Trio No. 1 to his last piece written the year of his death in 1975, the Sonata for Viola and Piano. Ashkenazy is joined on the trios by violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay and cellist Mats Lidström, while Norwegian violist Meinich Ada is featured on the sonata, a disturbing introspection on the life of the composer.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca/London Studio Masters

Executive Producer: Dominic Fyfe
Recording Producer: Andrew Cornall
Recording Engineer: Philip Siney
Recording Editors: Ian Watson & Jenni Whiteside
Production Coordinator: Joanne Baines
Recording Location: Potton Hall, Suffolk, 17–20 September 2015
Publisher: Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich/Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
Creative Director: Niall O’Rourke
Product Management: Sam Le Roux
Introductory Notes & Translations © 2016 Decca Music Group Limited
Cover: Dmitri Shostakovich, on the train home to Moscow after the first performance by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra of his Twelfth Symphony “The Year 1917”
Photo: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images
Photos Back Inlay & P2: Decca/© Ben Ealovega
Booklet Editing & Art Direction: WLP Ltd

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