Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Georgy Catoire - Works for Violin & Piano (Albrecht Breuninger; Anna Zassimova)


Composer: Georgy Catoire
  1. Violin Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op. 15: I. Allegro non tanto, ma apassionato
  2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op. 15: II. Barcarole: Andante
  3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op. 15: III. Allegro con spirito
  4. Poème for violin & piano in D major , Op. 20 (Violin Sonata No. 2)
  5. Élégie for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 26
  6. Romanze for alto & piano, Op. 1 No. 4 (version for violin & piano)

Albrecht Breuninger, violin
Anna Zassimova, piano
Date: 2009
Label: cpo



Georgy Catoire was Russia’s answer to the young Gabriel Fauré – a composer of exquisite taste rarely given to wearing his heart on his sleeve, yet whose work possesses a tenderness and rapture that continually hints at barely suppressed emotions surging away below the music’s surface.

Back in 2008 Avie released a similar programme to this new CPO disc, but with Ravel’s Habanera and Tzigane instead of Catoire’s Romanze, in fine accounts from Hervig and Berndt Zack that flesh out the music’s expressive contours with a beguiling virtuoso brilliance. That said, for performances that exude delectable French perfume in every bar with aromatic subtlety, Laurent Albrecht Breuninger, ravishingly accompanied by Anna Zassimova, cries out to be heard

Breuninger possesses a jewelled, relatively lightweight sound, inflected by a narrow, medium-paced vibrato reminiscent of Christian Ferras. Every now and then, as in the finale of the First Sonata (try 1:30 minutes onwards) Breuninger captures the moment with such poetic intensity that it is impossible to imagine it better played. The more interpretatively challenging and introspective the music becomes, as witness the glorious 22-minute Poème, the more spellbinding this exceptional team becomes. The recording balances the piano discreetly behind the violin, enhancing the sultry atmosphere of the performances.   

-- Julian Haylock, The Strad


Georgy Catoire (Moscow, April 27, 1861 – May 21, 1926) was a Russian composer of French heritage. Today Catoire is very little known, although a few recordings exist of his piano works by Marc-André Hamelin, Anna Zassimova and Alexander Goldenweiser, while David Oistrakh and Laurent Breuninger have recorded the complete violin music. His music has a certain semblance to the works of Tchaikovsky, the early works of Scriabin, and the music of Fauré. Catoire's compositions demand not only high virtuosity but also an ear for instrumental colour.


Winning the second prize in June 1997, Laurent Albrecht Breuninger was the first German violinist ever to be placed in the first three in the history of the Queen Elisabeth Competition since it was founded in 1951. He studied with Thomas Füri in Winterthur and Zürich, and with Josef Rissin in Karlsruhe. Breuninger has recorded renowned label CPO. Additionally Breuninger is active as a composer and often performs his own compositions in his recitals. He also cultivates a close bond with various contemporary composers both as a performer and composer.


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