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Low Strings (Live)

Low Strings (Live)

Low Strings (Live)

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1002476
  • Recorded: 2016
  • Release: 2017
Firma Melodiya presents Low Strings, the first release from the Melodiya Apriori series.
For the past twenty-five years, a Russian label hasn’t released a project as uncommon and tricky as this. It is absolutely beyond the conventional notion of “chamber music recording,” neither by instrumental lineup (a viola, a cello and a double bass – it’s hardly the most advantageous of combinations that coincides lay belief), nor by selection of the music genres and styles. Matthew Locke, a representative of early English Baroque, Beethoven with his comic “eyeglasses” duet, his contemporary Bernhard Romberg, and next to them Alfred Schnittke, Vladimir Ryabov and composers of West European avant-garde with electronics attached.
The artistic will of the performers is perhaps the principal consolidating point of the album. It first of all applies to violist, organizer and enlightener Serge Poltavsky who united the effort of cellist Evgeny Rumyantsev, double bass player Grigory Krotenko (his role in the recording of the album is one of the leading ones) and sound engineer of the Moscow Conservatory and creator of the single sonic space of the Low Strings Mikhail Spassky.
It is also gratifying to hear not a distilled studio work, but live concert sound recorded at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 2016. So, Melodiya, as it did many years ago, documents the recent past again. The fact itself makes us confident that this recording will find its listener.

Serge Poltavsky, viola
Evgeny Rumyantsev, cello
Grigory Krotenko, double bass

Recorded live at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on September 29, 2016.
Sound engineer – Mikhail Spassky
Assistant to sound engineer – Alexey Meshchanov

Label manager – Karina Abramyan
Editor – Natalia Storchak
Design – Grigory Zhukov
Translation – Nikolai Kuznetsov
Photo by Ira Polyrnaya

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  • 1
     
    Three Trios for Viola and Two Cellos, Op. 38 No. 1: I. Allegro non troppo (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Bernhard Romberg)
    03:55
  • 2
     
    Three Trios for Viola and Two Cellos, Op. 38 No. 1: II. Andante (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Bernhard Romberg)
    03:05
  • 3
     
    Three Trios for Viola and Two Cellos, Op. 38 No. 1: III. Rondo - Allegretto (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Bernhard Romberg)
    04:45
  • 4
     
    Hymn II for Cello and Double Bass (Live)
    Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Alfred Schnittke)
    08:48
  • 5
     
    Escenas del Sur for Viola and Double Bass: I. No hace muchos años, en un lugar del sur... (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Grigory Krotenko (Efrain Oscher)
    01:43
  • 6
     
    Escenas del Sur for Viola and Double Bass: II. Los gorilas (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Grigory Krotenko (Efrain Oscher)
    01:31
  • 7
     
    Escenas del Sur for Viola and Double Bass: III. Juramentos (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Grigory Krotenko (Efrain Oscher)
    01:17
  • 8
     
    Escenas del Sur for Viola and Double Bass: IV. La Resistencia (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Grigory Krotenko (Efrain Oscher)
    01:29
  • 9
     
    Escenas del Sur for Viola and Double Bass: V. Сacería (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Grigory Krotenko (Efrain Oscher)
    00:48
  • 10
     
    Escenas del Sur for Viola and Double Bass: VI. Luz en las tinieblas (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Grigory Krotenko (Efrain Oscher)
    01:40
  • 11
     
    Escenas del Sur for Viola and Double Bass: VII. Llenando el vacío (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Grigory Krotenko (Efrain Oscher)
    01:00
  • 12
     
    Escenas del Sur for Viola and Double Bass: VIII. Candombe de los sueños (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Grigory Krotenko (Efrain Oscher)
    01:21
  • 13
     
    Duet mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern, WoO 32 (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev (Ludwig van Beethoven)
    07:05
  • 14
     
    European Cathedrals Cycle Op. 77: Motet to the Cologne Cathedral (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Vladimir Ryabov)
    16:55
  • 15
     
    Flatt Consort "For my Cousin Kemble" Suite No. 1 in C Minor: Fantasia III (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Matthew Locke)
    03:40
  • 16
     
    Tableau alla Bachiana for Cello with Tape (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev (William R. Shannon)
    07:37
  • 17
     
    Lasterhaftes Trio for Viola, Cello and Double Bass, WWV 141: I. Intrade (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Peter WesenAuer)
    02:45
  • 18
     
    Lasterhaftes Trio for Viola, Cello and Double Bass, WWV 141: II. Grabschrift (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Peter WesenAuer)
    04:38
  • 19
     
    Lasterhaftes Trio for Viola, Cello and Double Bass, WWV 141: III. Menuvww (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Peter WesenAuer)
    02:33
  • 20
     
    Lasterhaftes Trio for Viola, Cello and Double Bass, WWV 141: IV. Finale (Live)
    Serge Poltavsky, Evgeny Rumyantsev, Grigory Krotenko (Peter WesenAuer)
    02:57

  • Total time: 79.56

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