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Stravinsky: The Works for Piano & Violin / Isabelle van Keulen / soprano Brouwenstijn

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pulcinella Suite
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Baiser de la fee
>Stravinsky, Igor : Danse russe
>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pastorale for Violin and Piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Divertimento, transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin (after The Fairy's Kis
>Stravinsky, Igor : Duo Concertante, for violin & piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Tango
>Stravinsky, Igor : Elegy, for viola (or violin) solo
>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird Suite
>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird
>Stravinsky, Igor : La Marseillaise, transcription for violin solo (after Rouget de Lisle)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Chants du Rossignol et Marche Chinoise, for violin & piano (transcribed with Samuel Dushkin)
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Notes & Reviews:

The title is something of a charming misnomer: only a few minutes of Stravinsky's all-encompassing output were originally scored for violin and piano. However, once he had made the acquaintance of the violinist Samuel Dushkin, his interest in this most Classical of chamber genres was piqued, and the two men worked closely to transform some of his most popular, melodic and balletic music into suites and miniatures that are no mere transcriptions but stand, witty and proud, in their own right.

MusicWeb International
played in exemplary style and sophisticated sound. The stylishly deliberate and subtly varied, spiffingly lively and italicised six movement Suite Italienne drawn from material familiar from Pulcinella is done with vibrant immediacy. The Ballad is more impressionistic... The Danse Russe from PTtrouchka is full of eager zest with glorious work from Mustonen and frictionless celerity from van Keulen. The Chanson Russe recalls Sibelius's Humoresques: sly charm mode engaged. Pastorale is a tender and yielding little saunter. The Divertimento moves between lunar light, coarse Russian dance fragments, spikily eerie revels and romantic louche.

The WholeNote
The recordings were made in 1987 and 1988 in Switzerland, but sound as fresh as if they were made last week. Van Keulen's playing is exemplary - clean, warm, stylish and with no trace of excessive show; it's fitting, given that what attracted Stravinsky to Dushkin's playing was the latter's sensitivity and a complete lack of showy virtuosity. Mustonen provides the perfect support. Beautifully packaged, and with really excellent booklet notes, this is one of the best "complete works" sets I've seen in a long time. Distributed by Naxos here, the budget price makes it an even more attractive buy.

American Record Guide
This is an exceptional collection of the complete works for violin and piano. These pieces, some no more than 3 minutes long, have the same sophistication, brilliance, merit, and inspiration as some of Stravinsky's larger works.

BBC Music Magazine
The fruits of Stravinsky's rewarding partnership with violinist Samuel Dushkin are celebrated here. Van Keulen and Mustonen negotiate the music's awkward technical hurdles with cool precision.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.



Reviews

Complete!
It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Ensconced in the south of France and in need of financial support for his extended emigre family, Stravinsky elected to embark upon an ambitious tour as one half of a violin and piano duo. His colleague, the Polish-American violinist, Samuel Dushkin had the imperious composer’s complete confidence and respect. At the time (the 1930’s), Stravinsky was in his early fifties, Dushkin in his early forties. Looking for suitable repetoire for their tour, it was decided to concentrate upon material drawn from sundry works of the composer. Dushkin’s mastery and profound understanding of his instrument’s capabilities were fundamental to the success of these transcriptions, hence the dual credit. In addition this warm collaboration produced one new work, the Duo concertant, widely regarded as one of Stravinsky’s masterpieces. Newton Classics has done collectors a real service by reissuing a 2 disc set featuring violinist, Isabelle van Keulen and pianist, Olli Mustonen. Billed as the “Complete works for violin and piano”, this set also includes one transcription, (Tango) by Mustonen as well as some intriguing odds and ends. At the time of these sessions, (1987-8), both van Keulen and Mustonen were in their early twenties. Throughout this collection, the performers’ youthful vigor is exceeded only by their technical prowess and interpretive insights. Originally recorded in Switzerland by Philips, the tight soundstage is ideal. The liner notes make excellent reading. Recommended without reservation.
Submitted on 08/01/11 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pulcinella Suite
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Baiser de la fée :: Ballad
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928

>Stravinsky, Igor : Danse russe
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra :: Chanson russe
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1922

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pastorale for Violin and Piano
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1933

>Stravinsky, Igor : Divertimento, transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin (after The Fairy's Kis
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1932.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Stravinsky, Igor : Duo Concertante, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Stravinsky, Igor : Tango
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Stravinsky, Igor : Elegy, for viola (or violin) solo
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird Suite
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird Suite
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Stravinsky, Igor : La Marseillaise, transcription for violin solo (after Rouget de Lisle)
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/01/1919

>Stravinsky, Igor : Chants du Rossignol et Marche Chinoise, for violin & piano (transcribed with Samuel Dushkin)
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1932.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1932