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Sarasate - Music for Violin and Piano Volume 3
Boléro, Op. 30
Zortzico d'Iparaguirre, Op. 39
Sérénade andalouse, Op. 28
Adios montañas mias, Op. 37
Le Sommeil, Op. 11
Rêverie, Op. 4
Introduction et fandango, Op. 40
Prière et berceuse, Op. 17
Confidences – Romance sans paroles, Op. 7
Caprice sur Mireille de Gounod, Op. 6
Airs écossais, Op. 34
Los pájaros de Chile
Les Adieux, Op. 9
Tianwa Yang (violin) & Markus Hadulla (piano)
Tianwa Yang’s admired and revelatory Sarasate series continues with a volume of captivatingly melodic compositions. Given Sarasate’s prodigious status in the violin pantheon, technical demands on the performer are often – but not universally – constant. But so too is his unfailing gift for lyricism, whether in the elegant Boléro, the balletic Sérénade andalouse or the aria-like Rêverie. The dazzling bowing difficulties in the Fantaisie-Caprice are thrilling, and so are the bird call harmonics of Los pájaros de Chile, written during a South American tour and only very recently published.
This series of Sarasate violin and piano works is unprecedented in its scope and has received hugely admiring press. There is a cross section of moods and textures and also rarities – Los pájaros de Chile is a relatively newly published work and will be unfamiliar to almost everyone.
“Yang throws off merciless chains of double stops and finger-crippling arabesques with scintillating aplomb. She produces astonishingly clean harmonics - whether natural or forced - and high-wire acrobatics (in emulation of birdsong) in Los pajaros de Chile. Her confident rendering of this delightful piece seems all the more remarkable given it was only recently published.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 *****
“Her gifts are ideally suited to such a task with her flawless intonation, not least in the many passages involving high harmonics in the most extreme register. She is also brilliant in giving the many Spanish dance rhythms a winning lilt, so that this essentially trivial music is presented full of charm. One simply marvels and enjoys.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
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Sarasate: Complete Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 4
Diego Tosi (violin) & Denis Pascal (piano)
This fourth and final CD devoted to Pablo Sarasate’s music for violin and piano brings many little musical gems to the listeners attention. Pablo Sarasate (1844-1908) was a Spanish violinist and composer of the Romantic Period and this final volume of his complete works for violin and piano ably portrays this, from the poetic Confidence, through to one of his final works L’Esprit follet.
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