I have owned a score of this for decades, always hoping that I'll get to play it. (I also own the Schnittke – hope springs eternal!). There is something about the way the strings weave in and out that has the austere sensuality of renaissance counterpoint. Listen, do, to the closing pages of the first movement, as the motoric semiquavers from the piano accompany a seemingly unstoppable flow of counterpoint, wave upon wave, right up to the final exultant chords. Is it any wonder I am determined to play this before I die?
In memory of Debbie Metrustry, with whom I sang for many, many years, who died suddenly this morning.
mp3, 128 kbs in surprisingly good sound, from France Musique.
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