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Georgy Sviridov
Georgy Sviridov

Georgy Sviridov

Beethoven Trio Bonn

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085533756
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Catalog number: AVI 8553375
Releasedate: 08-09-17
- Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998), a contemporary of Dmitri Shostakovich, is almost unknown in Western Europe

- Only one piece – The Snowstorm (Track9) – is well known und famous

- Beethoven Trio Bonn  assembles three high caliber musician, two from Russia and the pianist from South Korea, developing their career step by step playing at various festivals

- Mostly World Première Recordings

A Friend and Contemporary of Shostakovich

Georgy Sviridov’s most impressive musical works featured the human voice: romances, cantatas, oratorios, and hymns. His instrumental chamber music is less well-known, but makes up a valuable and essential portion of his musical legacy. If we divide music into three types according to Boethius, we can affirm that musica humana is well and alive in Sviridov’s musica instrumentalis. The result is actually a new synthesis, equivalent to what we conventionally call musica mundanа, “universal music”. With that term we certainly do not mean World Music – which has resulted from cultural globalization – since Sviridov, quite to the contrary, was a down-to-earth, authentic Russian composer. All of this confirms the time-honoured, well-known truth that the world only starts interesting itself for an artist when his art draws its authentic roots from folk culture. 

Sviridov wrote most of his piano pieces and instrumental music at a time when he was bringing his unmistakeable individual style and unique artistic approach to full fruition. Today, that style is admired as a harmonious blend between Russian folk music traditions, “universal music”, and certain progressive 20th-century ideas (which Sviridov only applied quite selectively). The period when he wrote the larger portion of his instrumental output corresponded with a time of great historical distress. He finished his studies under Shostakovich at Leningrad Conservatory in June 1941, shortly after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. During the very first days of the war, Sviridov was enrolled in a military academy. Later on that same year, he was dismissed from the army due to extreme myopia and transferred to the city of Novosibirsk, where the Leningrad Philharmonic had been evacuated…….  (from the liner notes by Iossif Rajsskin)

The Beethoven Trio Bonn are one of the most exceptional and interesting piano trios currently performing. Since their inception in 2005, they have delighted audiences as well as national and international music critics with their “highly expressive passion” (Kulturradio Berlin-Brandenburg), their “perceptive lucidity” (KulturSpiegel), their “gripping balance of emotion and elegance” (Rondo), and their “daring yet convincing performances” (Bonner Rundschau).

The Beethoven Trio Bonn first made themselves a name with compositions by their eponym Beethoven and other Romantic works, before more recently turning their attention to Russian repertoire. Mikhail Ovrutsky (violin) and Grigory Alumyan (violoncello) are two of the founding members of this ambitious
piano trio, which in 2015 maintained and strengthened its tradition with the addition of pianist Jinsang Lee. All three musicians are among the best in their instruments, are major international award winners and pursuing successful solo careers.

Three highly praised CDs document their work to date. Their début CD featuring piano trios by Beethoven and Mendelssohn (Antes) met with great enthusiasm from critics and earned the Trio numerous concert invitations worldwide. In cooperation with Deutschlandfunk, the Beethoven Trio Bonn subsequently recorded the No. 1 Piano Trios of Arensky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich on the well-known label CAvi- Music, in addition to a first recording of a work by Kapustin. Their world premiere recordings of the newly rediscovered Russian composer Alexander Alyabyev on CAvi-Music in 2015 caused a national and international sensation, and was nominated for several distinctions including the German Record Critics’ Award. Guest performances have taken the musicians all round the world – for example, to South Africa, Spain and Austria, to the US, and to Japan, where their widely acclaimed recital in the Kioi Hall in Tokyo was one of the tour’s highlights. The piano trio has also performed at the Beethovenfest in Bonn and at the Raderberg concert series in Cologne.