Yevgeny Zemtsov: Chamber And Instrumental Music An
Label: TOCCATA CLASSICS
Format: COMPACT DISC
Koloski, Sebastian; Koskinen, Eeva; Dinerstein, Julia; Utrecht String Quartet; Rowland, David; Levental, Ekaterina; Routley, Katherine; Lehmann, Bjorn; Zemtsov, David; Fedorova, Anna
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.