Glière | Hahn | Shostakovich
Reynaldo Hahn - Reinhold Glière - Dmitri Shostakovich

Glière | Hahn | Shostakovich

Artists of Spannungen Festival 2018

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085531028
Catalog number: AVI 8553102
Releasedate: 06-09-19

- Latest Live release from the famous chamber music festival SPANNUNGEN (June) 2018
- Very unusual settings for a string octet. Only festival achieve such extraordinary casting.
- Neither, the octets, nor Glière nor Hahn (French) is really known in the West
- Outstanding artists to team up

RUSSIAN / FRENCH Late Romantic
GLIÈRE: „ Of all the major Russian composers, Reinhold Glière is one of the least well known in the West. His life spanned a vast period from the Czar’s reign to Soviet dictatorship, and he made it through the Stalin era relatively intact by mostly avoiding conflict without losing face. Such dilemmas were to haunt the lives of Glière’s pupil Prokofiev, and especially that of his colleague Shostakovich, 30 years younger, but they were not yet current in 1900, when 20-year-old Glière, still a student, injected all of his youthful verve into composing his String Octet in D Major, Op. 5. The work soon gained immense popularity in Russia, where, still today, Glière’s Octet is sometimes even held in higher esteem than the likewise youthful and fresh String Octet by Mendelssohn.
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Whereas Shostakovich’s well-known 8th String Quartet and 2nd Piano Trio both bear the traces of inner anguish in the face of global and personal tragedies, the Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 let us look back upon the beginning of an outstanding musical career that was nevertheless overshadowed by harsh difficulties. These two pieces with The headings Prélude and Scherzo are from the period when Shostakovich was still a student in Saint Petersburg…..” (from the line notes Pedro Obiera)

Reynaldo Hahn was a fellow student of Maurice Ravel at Paris Conservatoire. He was born in Caracas, to where his father, a Hamburg businessman, had moved. His mother was from Venezuela. Hahn studied composition with several professors including opera composer Jules Massenet. He was in close contact with the Paris art scene and later became a close friend – intermittently also the companion – of author Marcel Proust. Reynaldo Hahn gained considerable renown with his song cycles, operettas, and ballets….. His Piano Quintet in F Sharp Minor (1922) is a rhapsodic work in the lineage of French Late Romanticism …….(from the lines Notes by Matthias Corvin)


This impressive building, built in the Art Nouveau style in 1905 and located in the beautiful Eifel region
(West Germany), is serving as a spectacular venue for the remarkable chamber music festival
„SPANNUNGEN: Music in Heimbach‘s Hydroelectric plant“ since 1998, in June of each year.
This musical event, where musicians of the highest caliber come together for a week of chamber music
rehearsals and concerts, bears a title that truly reflects its underlying concept: „Tensions” is not only an
allusion to the electric current normally produced in this hydroelectric installation, but also to the underlying
musical tensions and contrasts in the festival’s music programs. The artists and their audience embark on
a musical journey ranking from the Baroque era to contemporary music: each year we also première a new
work. Surprising parallels often emerge in such programs, along with exciting musical contrasts and thrilling
interplay between the hydropower station’s architecture, the picturesque surroundings and the music itself.
In Heimbach, it is always exciting to adapt to one’s musical partners. Yet the most important thing is to remain
fundamentally and constantly open to one’s partners’ musical suggestions and leanings. This excellent working
environment is capable of producing concerts and recordings of which all participants can be proud of. It is
our wish and our desire that, listening to these CD’s, you will be able to relive the special atmosphere.
Norbert Ely, former music editor at the Deutschlandfunk, once called our undertaking a true „grass roots
initiative for chamber music”. In fact, this festival owes its very existence to the selfless dedication of quite
a number of music and art lovers who are active members of the Association for the Promotion of the Arts
in the County of Düren: from the very beginning, they enthusiastically continue to make this wonderful
event possible. Without wide-ranging, varied engagement on the part of our sponsors – particularly
on the part of our main sponsor and event partner INNOGY SE (also our host at the Hydroelectric
plant), and on the part of our media partner, DEUTSCHLANDFUNK (which has supported this festival
since its inception) – a chamber music event such as this one could not even be possible.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us!
Lars Vogt (Artistic Director)