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Franck, Grieg, Janácek: Violin Sonatas / Repin

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 13
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
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Notes & Reviews:

Vadim Repin and his pianist partner Nikolai Lugansky have just recorded a compilation of three magnificent Romantic violin sonatas. The overtly emotional Franck sonata is the most intimate and emotional music you could imagine. Then the Grieg is another substance again. It's somehow like 19th-century Mozart - very truthful, natural writing. His emotions are really direct reflections." And about the recording as a whole, Repin exclaimes: "This is a documentary of two people who perform together and love this music."

"Repin’s and Lugansky’s subtlety of expression is a major factor in making this so outstanding, so ravishing and so spine-tingling. Both musicians give of their utmost and, when the musicians in question are Repin and Lugansky, that makes for something exceptional." -The Daily Telegraph

"The obvious empathy that exists between these two artists...brings enormous dividends to this warmly recorded programme. It's so easy to become complacent in such a well-worn work as the Franck. But Repin and Lugansky overcome any hint of routine...Superb." -BBC Music

"This is one of the finest performances I have ever heard of the Janacek, played with breathtaking conviction and an utterly persuasive grasp of Janacek's idiom...Their new disc is worth getting for this performance of the Janacek alone, but the rest is every bit as impressive" -International Record Review

"As presented by Vadim Repin and Nikolai Lugansky, Janácek's Violin Sonata becomes unambiguously a late-romantic work, almost overfilled with emotion, and milked for every bit of its expressive...The playing and the sense of ensemble are both magnificent...[In the first movement of the Franck] their playing has much more refinement and a sense of light and shade" -The Guardian

"The Franck is discursive and lingering, but Repin and Lugansky plot a lucid pathway through its labyrinth of interlocking, dovetailing themes...in the finale [of the Grieg] Repin's pinhead-subtle expressive slides between notes is delightful...Repin and Lugansky match ardent physicality with rare musical intelligence." -Classic FM

"This attractive programme of late-Romantic works benefits from characterised playing from both participants, who offer a huge range of colour and effect. The neglected Grieg Sonata No. 2 is given a fresh and direct reading, highlighting its melodic virtues, while the Franck is subtly expressive and the Janácek delivered with detailed imaginative vitality." -BBC Music Awards nominee, 2011

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Teldex Studio (07/2010).



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>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
  • Performers: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano); Vadim Repin (Violin)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 13
  • Performers: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano); Vadim Repin (Violin)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano); Vadim Repin (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886