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Isabelle van Keulen, Olli Mustonen - Stravinsky The Works for Piano & Violin (2011)
Artist:Isabelle van Keulen, Olli Mustonen
Title:Stravinsky: The Works for Piano & Violin
Year Of Release:2011
Label:Newton Classics
Quality:FLAC (tracks)
Total Time:01:36:30
Total Size:375 Mb
WebSite:Album Preview

CD 1:
Suite Italienne, for violin & piano (after Pulcinella, transcribed with Samuel Dushkin)
01. 1. Introductione
02. 2. Serenata
03. 3. Tarantella
04. 4. Gavotta con due variazioni
05. 5. Scherzino
06. 6. Minuetto e finale
07. Le baiser de la fee (The Fairy's Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra: Ballad
08. Russian Dance, transcription for violin & piano (after Petrushka, with Samuel Dushkin)
09. Mavra, opera buffa in 1 act: Chanson russe
10. Pastorale, song without words for violin & piano (transcribed with Samuel Dushkin)
Divertimento, transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin (after The Fairy's Kiss)
11. 1. Sinfonia
12. 2. Danses suisses
13. 3. Scherzo
14. 4. Pas de deux (Adagio - Variation - Coda)
CD 2:
Duo Concertante, for violin & piano
01. 1. Cantilene
02. 2. Eglogue 1
03. 3. Eglogue 2
04. 4. Gigue
05. 5. Dithyrambe
06. Tango, for piano
07. Elegy, for viola (or violin) solo
08. Prelude et Ronde des Princesses, transcription for violin & piano (after L'Oiseau de feu)
09. Berceuse, for violin & piano (after L'Oiseau de Feu, transcribed by Stravinsky & Dushkin)
10. Scherzo, transcribed for violin & piano (after L'oiseau de feu, with Samuel Dushkin)
11. La Marseillaise, transcription for violin solo (after Rouget de Lisle)
Chants du Rossignol et Marche Chinoise, for violin & piano (transcribed with Samuel Dushkin)
12. Airs
13. Marche chinoix
Isabelle van Keulen - Violin
Olli Mustonen - Piano
Igor Stravinsky - Composer
As Brahms had Joachim and Britten had Rostropovich, so, too, did Igor Stravinsky have a significant relationship with a performer who inspired an abundance of music. In Stravinsky's case, it was violinist Samuel Dushkin; the two collaborated together as performers, which resulted in the arrangement of several of Stravinsky's works for violin and piano. It also yielded the masterful and surprisingly lyrical Duo Concertante. The complete works for violin and piano fill two discs on this Newton Classics album featuring violinist Isabelle van Keulen and pianist Olli Mustonen. Equally at home playing standard repertoire as lesser-known modern works, and on the viola as well as the violin, van Keulen offers up some dazzling, nicely stylized performances of Stravinsky and Dushkin's collaborations. Her playing is fiery and brazen while still delivering some warm subtlety when called for in the score. The lyrical moments in Stravinsky's writing are played with a beautiful legato sound and effortless shifts. The well-known Suite Italienne is performed with moments of austere elegance, breathtaking beauty, and flashiness. Van Keulen and Mustonen form an exceptionally tight-knit ensemble wherein pacing, dynamics, balance, and musical intent are completely unified. Originally recorded in 1987-1988, Newton's sound on this is disc is admirably clean and simple. --Mike D. Brownell.


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