Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2

Onyx: ONYX4142

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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2

Label:

Onyx

Catalogue No:

ONYX4142

Discs:

1

Release date:

18th Sept 2015

Barcode:

0880040414223

Length:

50 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2


Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi

Sonata in D major for solo violin, Op. 115

Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56

with Tedi Papavrami (violin II)


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Viktoria Mullova’s new ONYX album is an all Prokofiev affair recorded live, with the lyrical 2nd violin concerto joined with the solo violin sonata and the sonata for two violins. Robert Soetens premiered the Duo Sonata in Paris in December 1932, partnered by Samuel Dushkin, for whom Stravinsky had recently composed a Violin Concerto. Knowing of Prokofiev’s rivalry with Stravinsky, Soetens persuaded Prokofiev to write him a concerto. Composed in 1935 just before Prokofiev resettled in Soviet Russia, the Second Violin Concerto includes in its central movement one of his most celebrated long-arching melodies. The Solo Sonata was an official commission towards the end of Prokofiev’s life.

Originally intended for an ensemble of talented child violinists, Prokofiev so wrote the work that it could equally be played by a soloist. Paavo Jarvi and Viktoria Mullova have been close musical collaborators for many years.

Sergueï Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante assai

III. Allegro, ben marcato

Sergueï Prokofiev: Duo sonata, Op. 56

I. Andante cantabile

II. Allegro

III. Commodo

IV. Allegro con brio

Sergueï Prokofiev: Solo sonata, Op. 115

I. Moderato

II. Andante dolce

III. Con brio

Gramophone Magazine

October 2015

“Viktoria Mullova's admirers will welcome this chance to hear her latest thoughts on a favourite concerto…don't expect the sweet unflappability of Guro Kleven Hagen in the main work; Mullova's interpretation is made of sterner stuff…[her] sound is as big and well-rounded as ever, not without that familiar touch of steel…competition is fierce, but then Mullova is in a league of her own.”

Musical Opinion

October-December 2015

“Mullova’s playing…is, at all times, utterly faithful to the score and is totally committed to the great Russian composer … the performances of both Sonatas could surely not be improved upon by any artist, and Mullova’s commitment here raises the stature of these works considerable.”

MusicWeb International

September 2015

“an immensely enjoyable release.”

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