Catalogue No: TOCN0019EAN/UPC: 5060640070196Release Date: 16.06.2023Composer: Alexander Krein,
Yulian Krein Artists: Anne Elisabeth Piirainen,
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The Krein family, with its origins in Lithuania, became a musical dynasty of considerable importance in Imperial and then Soviet Russia. The seven sons of its patriarch, Abram Krein, were all musicians, with Alexander and Grigory becoming respected composers, and Grigori’s son, Yulian, adding another generation of Krein compositions. The dances and cantillation of their Jewish background was an important part of their musical make-up, combining at various stages with Russian folk-music, Skryabinesque harmony and French Impressionism. All three shared a predilection for the clarinet, developing a repertoire for the instrument that is only now beginning to be discovered – in what one might call a Krein scene investigation.
Anne Elisabeth Piirainen, clarinet
Iryna Gorkun-Silén, flute (tracks 4–6)
Lea Tuuri, violin (Tracks 1, 2, 9–11, 14–16)
Maria Puusaari, violin (Tracks 1, 2, 9–11)
Jussi Aalto, viola (Tracks 1, 2, 9–11)
Pinja Nuñez, cello (Tracks 1, 2, 9–11, 14–16)
Kirill Kozlovski, piano (Tracks 3–8, 12–16)
Esquisses Hebraïques No. 2, Op. 13 for clarinet and string quartet (1910) (10:21)
Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano (1974) (12:11)
Two Pieces on Yakut Themes for clarinet and piano (1940)* (6:03)
Esquisses Hebraïques No. 1, Op. 12 for clarinet and string quartet (1909) (11:16)
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1961)* (13:54)
Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (1939-40)* (18:11)
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