In his short life the Moscow-born Oleg Komarnitsky (1946-98) produced music in a wide variety of genres — orchestral, choral, chamber, instrumental and more, not least works for children — but almost none of it has been recorded before; it wasn't even heard outside Russia before 1996. Komarnitsky's music is accessible and lyrical, with the Slavic melancholy which colours the string works here (apparently all that survives of his chamber music) balanced by the buoyant and innocent humour of his piano music, with its echoes of Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
London Piano Trio, piano trio Robert Atchison, violin David Jones, cello Olga Dudnik, piano
Suite for Piano (1968,75) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0196/TOCC0196t02.mp3
Sonata for Solo Cello in C minor (1973) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0196/TOCC0196t05.mp3
Two Pieces for Piano (1974) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0196/TOCC0196t07.mp3
Two Pieces on Swiss Folksongs for Piano (1976) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0196/TOCC0196t10.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0196EAN/UPC: 5060113441966Release Date: 01.07.2013Composer: Oleg Komarnitsky Artists: David Jones, London Piano Trio, Olga Dudnik, Robert Atchison
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Steve Arloff :
“I was bowled over by the music on this record and sincerely hope that there is more to be discovered of this composer’s works… I wait with bated breath and great hopes that more from him will emerge.” —Steve Arloff, MusicWeb International
Bob Lagaaij :
What a surprising music! How could it be neglected for so long?
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