Stravinsky: Complete works for violin and piano

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Stravinsky: Complete works for violin and piano

Catalogue No:

8802062

Discs:

2

Release date:

26th April 2011

Barcode:

8718247710621

Medium:

CD
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Stravinsky: Complete works for violin and piano


Stravinsky:

Suite italienne

Ballad

Danse Russe (from Pétrouchka)

Pastorale

Divertimento (transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin from Le Baiser de la Fée)

Duo concertant

Chanson Russe

Tango

Elegy, for solo violin

Prélude et Ronde des princesses

Scherzo

Le Chant du Rossignol: Marche chinoise


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The title is something of a charming misnomer: only a few minutes of Igor Stravinsky’s all-encompassing output were originally scored for violin and piano. However, once he had made the acquaintance of the violinist Samuel Dushkin, his interest in this most Classical of chamber genres was piqued, and the two men worked closely to transform some of his most popular, melodic and balletic music into suites and miniatures that are no mere transcriptions but stand, witty and proud, in their own right.

Dushkin was suggested to Stravinsky as a possible performer for the premiere of his Violin Concerto. Stravinsky acceded, and found Dushkin to have ‘a musical culture, a delicate understanding, and – in the exercise of his profession – an abnegation that is very rare’ – qualities also to be appreciated in the deft approach of the Dutch violinist Isabelle van Keulen, complemented by the famously quirky originality of her partner here, the Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen.

Suite italienne : I. Introduction

Suite italienne : II. Serenata

Suite italienne : III. Tarantella

Suite italienne : IV. Gavotta con due variazioni

Suite italienne : V. Scherzino

Suite italienne : VI. Minuetto e finale

Le baiser de la fee : Ballad

Petrouchka : Dance russe

Mavra : Chanson russe

Pastorale

Divertimento : I. Sinfonia

Divertimento : II. Danses russes

Divertimento : III. Scherzo

Divertimento : IV. Pas de deux (adagio, variation, coda)

Duo Concertant : I. Cantilene

Duo Concertant : II. Eglogue I

Duo Concertant : III. Eglogue II

Duo Concertant : IV. Gigue

Duo Concertant : V. Dithyrambe

Tango

Elegie

L' oiseau de feu : Prelude et Ronde des princesses

L' oiseau de feu : Berceuse

L' oiseau de feu : Scherzo

La Marseillaise (Rouget de Lisle)

Le rossignol : Airs du rossignol

Le rossignol : Marche chinoise

BBC Music Magazine

July 2011

****

“The fruits of Stravinsky's rewarding partnership with violinist Samuel Dushkin are celebrated here. Van Keulen and Mustonen negotiate the music's awkward technical hurdles with cool precision.”

Gramophone Magazine

“Van Keulen and Mustonen are right on top of the Duo concertant’s frequently extravagant technical demands, and as in all the music here recorded they convey an infectious sense of enjoyment.”

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