Zemtsov: Chamber and Instrumental Music and Arrangements / Utrecht String Quartet
The Russian composer Yevgeny Zemtsov (1940–2016) may be better known for the dynasty of musicians – most of them violists – that he fathered than he is for his own music. This first album ever to be devoted to his music features works from the beginning and end of his career: some early violin works, influenced by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, a Bartókian string quartet, three spirited and spiky piano miniatures, an oblique piano elegy and five late, enigmatic, almost ritualistic settings of Japanese haikus. Late in life, too, he discovered a fascination with tango, and the album also features his elegant arrangements for string quartet and quintet of two Piazzolla favorites.
Catalog Number: TOCC0564
Label: Toccata Classics
Composer: Astor Piazzolla, Yevgeni Zemtsov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Utrecht String Quartet
Performer: Anna Fedorova, Bjorn Lehmann, David Rowland, David Zemtsov, Eeva Koskinen, Ekaterina Levental, Julia Dinerstein, Katherine Routley, Sebastian Koloski