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ON 4015

Stravinsky/ Schubert/Ravel/Schumann: Works for Violin and Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2006

Originally recorded in 2006


Katia Labeque


Viktoria Mullova


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Total Time - 58:34
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Suite Italienne (1933)

  after Pulcinella, transcribed with Samuel Dushkin  
1 Introduction: Allegro moderato 1:51
2 Serenata: Larghetto 2:27
3 Tarantella: Vivace 2:00
4 Gavotte con due variazioni - Allegretto - 3:01
5 Scherzino: Presto alla breve 1:13
6 Minuetto - Finale 4:16



Fantasie for Violin and Piano, D934 in C major (1827)

7 I Andante molto 3:27
8 II Allegretto 5:07
9 III Andantino 10:00
10 IV Tempo primo - Allegro vivace - Allegretto - Presto 5:52



Sonate pour Violon et Piano (1927)

11 I Allegretto 7:21
12 II Blues: Moderato 5:37
13 III Perpetuum mobile: Allegro 3:53



Romanze für Violine und Klavier, Op. 22/1 in D flat major (1853)


A real event and highlight of ONYX’s Autumn schedule – the first collaboration on disc of long-time recital partners and virtuoso soloists in their own right, Russian Viktoria Mullova and French pianist Katia Labèque.
Recorded in ideal studio conditions at IRCAM, Paris, in December 2005, the fascinating programme spans 100 years, from the rarely- played late Schubert Fantasy to Ravel’s 1927 Violin Sonata and Stravinsky’s reworking of Pulcinella in the Suite Italienne of 1933.
Mullova  and Labèque have toured this programme many times.
This recording is a collaboration with Katia and Marielle Labeque’s record label KML Records.


"Increasingly, I prefer recitals with mixed programs to, say, recordings of all the Chopin etudes or ballades, and this one is one of my favorites. It includes Stravinsky’s tunefully infectious Neo-Classical "Suite Italienne" ("After Pulcinella"), Schubert’s major Fantasie in C Major, D. 934; Ravel’s jazz-laden Sonata for Violin and Piano; and Clara Schumann’s rarely heard Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 22, No. 1.
The playing on both parts offers a fine mix of virtuosity and blending. The sonics are excellent. And the label is a recently founded one that offers a new home to world-class artists who have been dropped by bigger, more prestigious labels more intent on turning a bigger profit with bigger stars and more popular repertoire.
So just put this on the player and sit back for an hour of wonderful violin and piano duets."
 Jacob Stockinger

The Capital Times (US) - 31 May 2007

"This is a wonderful recording, with sound as good as the music-making."

Bob Neill - December 2006

                               Recording of the Month
"This is an excellently performed and recorded recital worthy of considerable attention, that was received too late for my list of ‘records of the year"

Michael Cookson

MuiscWebInternational - 25 November 2006

"This Onyx and KML (for Katia and Marielle Labèque) co-production highlights the advantages of artist-led programming on disc. Mullova and Labèque would hardly be permitted to record such an eclectic selection — Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Schubert’s Fantasy in C, Ravel’s Violin and Piano Sonata, and a Clara Schumann Romance — for one of the multinational labels at present. The playing is deeply rewarding in their glittering accounts of the Stravinsky suite — the 1933 transcription of Pulicinella — and the Ravel sonata, Mullova revelling in the jazzy glissandi of the central blues movement.

If one has heard more inward accounts of the Schubert, the virtuosity here is never in doubt, and the Clara piece is a charming rarity. Highly recommended.   ****

Hugh Canning

Sunday Times - 12 November 2006

"Many big-name duos have the appearance and sounds of marrriages of convenience, brought together by record companies during a brief window in hectic schedules to spend a couple of days in the studio. Sometimes it works, but the results often reflect the superficiality of the relationship. There is no danger of that in this marvellous new disc from Viktoria Mullova and Katia Labeque. They have been performing together regularly for years, and this disc has the feel of a genuine recital, a true partnership.
The hushed opening of Schubert’s Fantasie is magical, with the early mist gradually clearing for a journey full of genial joie de vivre. Mullova’s slides in Ravel’s Sonata, captured in fine sound, have the fluidity and freedom that can only be achieved when understanding between violinist and pianist runs deep, while the pacing of the Perpetuum mobile is masterly. It might be thought that the Ravel would be closest in spirit to Stravinsky, but the Schubert emerges as its more natural partner. Not that the Suite Italienne is at all lacking in elan, though some might prefer a more driven rhythmic approach. Clara Schumann’s Romanze is a sublime postlude to an imaginative and enjoyable disc."   *****

Christopher Dingle

BBC Music Magazine - January 2007

"She [Mullova] and Katia Labèque make a bravura duo…For the close and congenial collaboration that this program displays in every measure, as well as for the program itself, the recital deserves a recommendation of pressing urgency, one that the names themselves almost guarantee in this kind of repertoire."
 Robert Maxim

Fanfare - June 2007

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