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Beethoven, Ravel, Bartók, Say: Works for Violin and Piano / Kopatchinskaja, Say

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folk Dances (7) for violin & piano, Sz. 56
>Say, Fazil : Sonata for violin & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Fazil Say share a radical approach, performing each musical gesture in the most vivid way, with smoothness and tonal beauty a secondary consideration. It's undeniably excitingà Daring, and highly individual playingà

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is far from being just another recording of the Kreutzer Sonata. Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Fazil Say share a radical approach, performing each musical gesture in the most vivid way, with smoothness and tonal beauty a secondary consideration. It's undeniably exciting, especially the first movement which, after all, is quite a wild piece, but the exaggerated shortness of many staccato notes can be quite disturbing. And in the finale, which, though it shares something of the first Presto's manic quality, has a joyful aspect, Kopatchinskaja's ultra-short, rather splashy bowing of both main themes fails to project their full melodic Tlan.

Like the Beethoven, the Bart=k is a slightly frustrating mixture of the brilliant and the questionable, but in the Ravel the performance's radical edge is more completely successful. The first movement's out-of-key interjections are sharply characterised and drawn together by a powerful sense of line, and the spirit of the Blues movement is captured wholeheartedly, with some unusual piano sounds and spectacular violin- playing. Not surprisingly, Say's own Sonata is also beautifully played. Most imaginatively written for the two instruments and adopting a direct, uncomplicated style, four short movements chart a progression from romantic melancholy through an area of dark, grotesque struggle to an empty, bleak landscape, with a repeat of the gentle first movement as consolation. Daring, and highly individual playing - it's a CD worth investigating.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Fazil Say (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802-1803

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Fazil Say (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1927

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Romanian Folk Dances (7) for violin & piano, Sz. 56
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Fazil Say (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Say, Fazil : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Fazil Say (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997