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Clelia Iruzun: Treasures from the New World - Piano Quintets by Amy Beach & Henrique Oswald
By Clelia Iruzun and Coull Quartet. By Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944), Marlos Nobre (1939-), and Henrique Oswald (1852-1931). Classical. CD. Naxos #SOMMCD 0609. Published by Naxos (NX.SOMMCD-0609).
Item Number: NX.SOMMCD-0609
SOMM Recordings presents Treasures from the New World - a compelling collection of late-Romantic and contemporary works for piano and string quartet from the Americas brimming with all the colour, energy, and emotion of that great continent. Rio de Janeiro-born piano virtuoso Clelia Iruzun teams up with the Coull Quartet for a varied and vital programme championing the music of her Brazilian compatriots Henrique Oswald and Marlos Nobre and the pioneering American Amy Beach. Influenced by Brahms and Schumann, Beach's Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor (1908) is stamped through with a lyrically melancholic and pensive signature all its own. For her Romance for Violin and Piano (1893), a work of hypnotic gracefulness and aching emotions, Iruzun partners with the Coull Quartet's first violinist, Roger Coull. Receiving its first recording outside of Brazil, Henrique Oswald's Piano Quintet in C major (1895) was composed in Florence. Imprinted with the European influences he absorbed there, it is lit up by his own gift for heartfelt melody. Marlos Nobre's Poema XXI - here in its premiere recording - carries itself with a distinctive character drawing on traditional South American dances to produce something effusive, elegant and exotic in equal measure. Gavin Dixon provides illuminating, informative booklet notes. Clelia Iruzun's previous recordings for SOMM include two volumes of music by Federico Mompou and Piano Concertos by Albeniz & Mignone with the RPO and Jac van Steen - nominated for an International Classical Music Award in 2019 and hailed by International Piano: "Clelia comes into her vivid own, playing with a superb mastery and empathy; it is difficult to imagine... greater skill and affection". The Coull Quartet's long association with SOMM has produced admired recordings of Mozart, Nicholas Maw and Britten, Sibelius, Ian Venables, and settings of John Ruskin.