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The exciting young Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya, who earlier this year won a BBC Music Magazine Award for her recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, is here joined by a small group of musicians including her mother, also a violinist, and father, a renowned cimbalom player, in a selection of pieces that reflect Eastern European folk and Gypsy traditions. Amongst the composers represented are Enescu, Ligeti, Kurtág, and Ravel.
One of the few pieces to feature the cimbalom as a main instrument in the standard classical repertoire is György Kurtág’s 8 Duos for Violin and Cimbalom. Kurtág comes from a part of Hungary close to Romania, and his music in these short pieces is steeped in the folk tradition both countries. The Romanian composer George Enescu’s music is celebrated for its Gypsy rhythms and these elements come to the fore in his Third Violin Sonata.
Patricia Kopatchinskaya was born in Moldova and raised in a family of musicians. "Rapsodia" was the name of the former band of her father Victor Kopatchinsky, one of the most famous cimbalom players of his generation. Her parents were constantly travelling with their ensemble, playing 300 concerts every year - in the Kremlin for the government and the generals, in factories and prisons, and in Siberia, North Africa, and Latin America. With her father on the cimbalom, her mother playing a second violin and friends such as Mihaela Ursuleasa, she here performs works rooted in traditional Moldovan and Eastern European music alongside pieces such as Ravel’s Tzigane that have a Gypsy inspiration.
George Enescu: Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28: No. 1. Menetrier
Traditional: Doina et hora marita
Doina et hora marita
George Enescu: Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractere populaire roumain"
I. Moderato malinconico
II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso
III. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso
Gyorgy Ligeti: Balada si joc (version for 2 violins)
Balada si joc (version for 2 violins)
Traditional: Doina et hora
Gyorgy Kurtag: 8 Duos, Op. 4
No. 1. Poco sostenuto
No. 2. Agitato, non allegro
No. 3. Risoluto
No. 4. Lento
No. 5. Allegretto
No. 6. Vivo
No. 7. Adagio
No. 8. Vivo
Grigoras Dinicu: Hora staccato
Maurice Ravel: Tzigane (arr. for violin and cimbalom)
Tzigane (arr. for violin and cimbalom)
Jorge Sanchez-Chiong: Crin
Traditional: Calusari 1
Traditional: Calusari 2
Traditional: Calusari 3
“[in the Enescu] both Kopatchinskaya and her partner Mihaela Ursuleasa [project] an instinctive feeling for the almost improvisatory musical line. Finally Ravel's Tzigane is presented not as an empty virtuoso showpiece but as a work brimming with colour and imagination.”
“[Kopatchinskaja's] playing, and that of everyone else involved, leaves you in no doubt that refined sophistication and raw intensity can fuse, setting the music on fire...This well-recorded disc is a breath of the freshest musical air.”
The Independent on Sunday
12th December 2010
“The daughter of a cimbalom virtuoso and a classically trained violinist, she is equally at home in both worlds. Enescu's Sonata No 3 is framed by dances and extrapolations by Ligeti and Kurtag. Ravel's touristic "Tzigane" is transformed, while Jorge Sanchez-Chiong's "Crin" sees Kopatchinskaja vocalise Dada-esque syllables to kinetic pizzicato. Spicy and surprising.”
“even before the first track is over, you realize this is a bit different…The greatest element of surprise comes in the form of Ravel's Tzigane...The resulting performance has an authenticity to Hungarian folk music Ravel could hardly have imagined...Kopatchinskaja's boldness and spirit of adventure should appeal to like-minded listeners.”
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