Shostakovich, Weinberg: Songs & Trios / Kasper, Trio Vivente

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Long before the founding of the Trio Vivente, Anne Katharina Schreiber, the trio’s violinist, heard a radio broadcast about Shostakovich’s Romance Suite and the circumstances...

Long before the founding of the Trio Vivente, Anne Katharina Schreiber, the trio’s violinist, heard a radio broadcast about Shostakovich’s Romance Suite and the circumstances of its premiere. She was so deeply moved that she later absolutely wanted to incorporate the suite into the Trio Vivente’s repertoire. However, the search for the right Russian-language female vocalist long remained without success – until she met the singer Kateryna Kasper. While studying Weinberg’s trio, she discovered just how closely the two composers had worked together. It thus seemed only natural to combine their works, and since Weinberg’s Jewish Songs also exist in a version for soprano and trio, a perfect circle was formed. This is how this album featuring trios and songs by these two expressionistic composers came about – and it is filled with expressive power!

REVIEW:

Trio Vivente have produced a most intelligent reading of all the works on this disc. Weinberg’s Piano Trio is the highlight for me but his songs too get remarkable performances. Kateryna Kasper, the young Ukrainian soprano, is a wonderful exponent. I have every admiration for her impressive and convincing achievement in singing in Yiddish. She is a powerful advocate. She also gives a magically beautiful performance of Shostakovich’s songs. They are not easy fare but she manages to inject just the right amount of darkness into them. None of my praise should detract from the excellent performance of Shostakovich’s youthful trio. The entire disc is highly recommended.

-- MusicWeb International



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 01, 2022


  • UPC: 761203536726


  • Catalog Number: 555367-2


  • Label: CPO


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Mieczyslaw Weinberg


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Trio Vivente


  • Performer: Kateryna Kasper



Works:


  1. Verses (7), Op. 127

    Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Ensemble: Trio Vivente

    Performer: Kateryna Kasper (Soprano)


  2. Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8

    Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Ensemble: Trio Vivente


  3. Jewish Songs, Op. 13

    Composer: Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    Ensemble: Trio Vivente

    Performer: Kateryna Kasper (Soprano)


  4. Piano Trio, Op. 24

    Composer: Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    Ensemble: Trio Vivente