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Quintet works by Grigori Frid released on CD by Capriccio

A CD featuring two quintet works by Grigori Frid (1919-1998) has just been released on the Capriccio label. On this CD, Elisaveta Blumina and the Vogler Quartet perform Frid’s “Phaedra” op. 78.1 and his Piano Quintet op. 72.

The quintet “Phaedra" dates from a period when Frid, after a phase of more traditional composing, turned to modern compositional methods and even the twelve-tone technique. In 1985, his incidental music to Jean Racine’s tragedy "Phèdre” had been written and Frid decided to derive both a viola sonata and a quintet for two violins, viola, cello and piano from this music. Both works relate atmospherically very clearly to Racine’s tragedy, first performed in 1677, centred around Phaedra, the wife of the mythical king Theseus, and her fatal love for her stepson Hippolytus.

The Piano Quintet op. 72 received its German premiere only a few years ago performed by the multi-award-winning Atrium Quartet, founded in St. Petersburg, and the pianist Oliver Triendl on 14 March 2014 at the Stadttheater Kempten. The work was written four years before the “Phaedra” quintet. 

His monodrama “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1968) once made Grigori Frid famous beyond the borders of the Soviet Union and worldwide. Frid was born in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) in 1915 and at an early age had to witness how his family fell victim to the seemingly indiscriminate (and in fact deliberately arbitrary) rounds of repression, arrest and deportation of the Stalin regime. His music is situated, on the one hand, in the aesthetic environment of Dmitri Shostakovich and, on the other, in the realm of his younger contemporaries Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina and Alfred Schnittke. His works are influenced by the great Russian tradition, but at the same time are marked by the endeavour to find new, modern paths.

About the CD:

Grigori Frid
Phaedra (1985) - Piano Quintet op. 72 (1981)
Elisaveta Blumina (piano), Vogler Quartet
CD Capriccio C5389

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