Violinist Rudens Turku presents his fifth album for Avie, Sweet Remembrance, a personal selection of virtuoso miniatures and encores.
Since making his recording debut for Avie in 2005 with the sonatas of Brahms, Franck and Schumann (AV2080), Albanian-born, Munich-resident violinist Rudens Turku has amassed a devoted following and fan base for his effortless virtuosity and innate musicianship.
Following albums devoted to solo works, duos, and concertos, Rudens returns with a personal selection of miniatures and encores for violin and piano. Sweet Remembrance – the subtitle of Jascha Heifetz’s arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Song without Words - ranges from the romantic Salut d’amour by Elgar, Schön Rosmarin by Kreisler and Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs, to the energetic Scherzo from Brahms’ F-A-E Sonata and Shostakovich’s exhilarating Preludium. Interspersed with miniature masterpieces by great violinist-composers such as Paganini, Sarasate, Kreisler and Wienawski, the album boldly concludes with Ysaÿe’s commanding Second Sonata, itself written in remembrance of another great violinist, Jacques Thibaud.
Maria Theresia von Paradis - Sicilienne
Henryk Wieniawski - Mazurka
Niccolò Paganini - Cantabile
Dmitri Shostakovich - Preludium
Edward Elgar - Salut d'Amour
Niccolò Paganini - Moto Perpetuo
Felix Mendelssohn / Jascha Heifetz - Sweet Remembrance
Pablo de Sarasate - Malagueña
Modest Mussorgsky - Hopak
Fritz Kreisler - Schön Rosmarin
Alexander Glazunov - Meditation
Niccolò Paganini - La Campanella
Johannes Brahms - Scherzo
Jules Massenet - Meditation de "Thaïs"
Eugène Ysaÿe - Sonata in A minor - I Obsession, Prélude (Poco Vivace)
Eugène Ysaÿe - Sonata in A minor - II Malinconie (Poco lento)
Eugène Ysaÿe - Sonata in A minor - III Danse des Ombres, Sarabande (Lento)
Eugène Ysaÿe - Sonata in A minor - IV Les Furies (Allegro Furioso)
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