WLADYSLAW ZELENSKI (1837-1921): Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 61, JULIUSZ ZAREBSKI (1854-1885): Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 34.

Catalogue Number: 12O054

Label: Hyperion

Reference: CDA 67905

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Zelenski's quartet is a powerful combination of muscular, sinewy piano writing which recalls Brahms and a severe, melancholy Slavic sensibility and it's remarkable how he can blend lyricism with momentum (the tarantella-like finale has certainly got plenty of both). I can only find one or two dates for any of Zelenski's works so I can only guess that this one comes from the first decade of the 20th century. Zarebski's quintet appeared in these pages on the Dux label in Sept. 2006 (09I039); written in the year of his death, it contains a lot more of the nervous energy one expects of a much younger man, using the piano frequently as a coloristic instrument while the strings carry the melodic burden. Jonathan Plowright (piano), Szymanowski Quartet.

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