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CHAN 10476

Bacewicz/ Enescu: Works for Violin and Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Ian Fountain

piano

Lydia Mordkovitch

violin

Venue:

Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Jonathan Cooper

(Assistant)

Paul Quilter

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Violin


Piano

Total Time - 73:42
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GEORGE ENESCU

(1881-1955)
 

Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 6

25:10  
  in F minor - in f-Moll - en fa mineur  
1 I Assez mouvementé - Très vite - Ier mouvement 9:02
2 II Tranquillement - 7:56
3 III Vif 8:06
   
 

GRAZYNA BACEWICZ

(1909-1969)
 

Sonata da camera

13:41  
4 I Largo (–) 3:16
5 II Allegro 2:03
6 III Tempo di minuetto 3:08
7 IV Andante sostenuto 3:17
8 V Gigue. Molto allegro 1:46
   
 

Violin Sonata No. 3

18:35  
9 I Allegro moderato - Allegro appassionato 4:44
10 II Adagio 4:25
11 III Scherzo. Vivo 3:40
12 IV Finale. Andante - Moderato 5:32
   
 

Partita

16:56  
13 I Prelude. Grave - Grandioso 6:25
14 II Toccata. Vivace 3:35
15 III Intermezzo. Andantino melancolico 3:16
16 IV Rondo. Presto 3:31
A passionate performer and long time Chandos artist, Lydia Mordkovitch, here partnered by the pianist Ian Fountain, presents a rarely heard body of work by two Eastern European composers, the Polish Grazyna Bacewicz and the Romanian George Enescu.

A recent recording of Bliss’s Violin Concerto led to such reviews for Lydia as ‘Mordkovitch responds with unflagging conviction and her customary no-holds-barred passion receives alert, warm-hearted support… an attractive and valuable coupling’ (Gramophone) and ‘Lydia Mordkovitch offers a fiery almost gypsy interpretation; very fetching, and not at all wrong. A rewarding release’ (The Times).

Bacewicz was the most prominent Polish female composer of the twentieth century and a renowned violinist who, by contemporary accounts, was surpassed only by Ginette Neveu and David Oistrakh. She left a legacy of over 200 compositions, many of which have never been heard in the West. The Partita was written after a long hospitalisation – the result of a serious automobile accident. Although Bacewicz’s body was immobilised, her musical mind must have been very active. She provided two versions of the work, one for orchestra and the second for violin and piano which we hear on this recording. Bacewicz’s Third Violin Sonata is one of her lesser-known pieces. Bacewicz is frequently labelled a neoclassicist, but she is much more robust and muscular in her approach than many of her contemporaries.

George Enescu was a prodigy as both performer and composer and was not yet eighteen when he completed the Second Violin Sonata. His world here is not Romanian, but rather influenced by Brahms, Franck and Fauré; however, the work still exudes a healthy respect for the tradition which he inherited.

Both Bacewicz and Enescu studied in Paris, and were professional violinists and pianists who imbued their music with a profound knowledge of their instruments, clearly demonstrated in this new recording.

Mordkovitch is in fine form throughout, ably accompanied by Ian Fountain, and the sound is excellent.
Gramophone

Pride of place on this stimulating disc goes to here little-known works by Grazyna Bacewicz (1906-69), whose persistent cultivation of chamber music, deplored by the post-war Stalinist regime in Poland, too courage and character and resulted in some of her most impressive achievements… Lydia Mordkovitch falls upon them with obvious enthusiasm and produces ringingly authoritative interpretations: the music favours her rich, dark timbres and her capacity for seamless, plangent legato' Splendid performances of splendid music that deserves to be better known.
BBC Music Magazine

This is an absolutely superb disc of unjustly neglected music, outstandingly played and recorded… If this magazine had a ‘Record of the Month’, this would be my nomination.
International Record Review




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