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Emile Sauret: Music For Violin & Piano / Michi Wiancko, violin; Dina Vainshtein, piano

> Scenes Villageoises, Op. 50 - I. Le Matin
> Scenes Villageoises, Op. 50 - II. Pastorale
> Scenes Villageoises, Op. 50 - III. Vieille chanson
> Scenes Villageoises, Op. 50 - IV. Danse
> Souvenir de Los Angeles, Op. 11 - Souvenir de Los Angeles, Op. 11
> Souvenir de Constantinople, Op. 63, No. 1 - I. Allegro non troppo
> Souvenir de Constantinople, Op. 63, No. 1 - II. Danse
> Souvenir de Constantinople, Op. 63, No. 1 - III. Ronde
> Souvenir de Constantinople, Op. 63, No. 1 - IV. La Revue
> Souvenir de Constantinople, Op. 63, No. 1 - V. Gondoliera
> Souvenir de Constantinople, Op. 63, No. 1 - VI. A Pera
> Farfalla - Farfalla
> Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 9 - Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 9

Album Summary

>Sauret, Emile : Scenes villageoises, for violin & piano, Op. 50
>Sauret, Emile : Souvenir de Los Angeles, for violin & piano, Op. 11
>Sauret, Emile : Souvenirs d'Orient, for violin & piano, Op. 63
>Sauret, Emile : Farfalla (Will-O'-The-Wisp) for violin & piano, Op. 40/3
>Sauret, Emile : Scherzo fantastique, for violin & piano, Op. 9
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Notes & Reviews:

The French composer, child prodigy and virtuoso violinist Émile Sauret is little-known today, but enjoyed a dazzling reputation during his lifetime. His career took him from the royal courts of Europe to the concert halls of America, with music that is playful, lyrical, ethereal and evocative, and this program contains some of his most distinctive and enchanting works. Michi Wiancko's "heightened expressive and violinistic gifts" (Gramophone) unite with acclaimed pianist Dina Vainshtein in a duo with a combined multi-award-winning pedigree.

Bartók's early piano works demonstrate his Lisztian flair as a virtuoso pianist, and nowhere more so than the ambitious Study for the Left Hand, the first of his Four Piano Pieces. The second of the set owes even more to Liszt, as indeed do the exciting Two Elegies. Bartók made a piano transcription of the last two sections of his own nationalist symphonic poem, Kossuth, in the form of a Funeral March. He similarly arranged two of his song transcriptions under the title Petits Morceaux. First Term at the Piano is a series of delightful teaching pieces.

A professor of the Liszt Academy Budapest, Jeno Jandó is one of the most prolific artists in the history of classical music recording. He has recorded for Naxos all the piano concertos and sonatas of Mozart, the complete piano sonatas of Haydn and Beethoven, the complete piano music of Béla Bartók, and a wide repertoire of chamber music and concertos.

MusicWeb International
The music is powerfully recorded with a big upfront sound. Both musicians are admirable and indeed impressive interpreters.

American Record Guide
Wiancko and Vainshtein do a wonderful job at playing this music exactly as it should be played: joyfully, lyrically, and brilliantly. I particularly like the Souvenir de Los Angeles, a piece that Sauret may have written for his 1875 concert series he gave in Los Angeles. I imagine it has a special place in Michi Wiancko's heart, since she comes from Southern California.

The WholeNote
Naxos has issued a charming CD of [Émile Sauret's] Music for Violin and Piano (8.572366) played by the American violinist Michi Wiancko and the Russian pianist Dina Vainshtein. Their playing of these attractive, well-crafted pieces, that are closer to Sarasate in style than to Paganini, is an absolute delight. Recorded at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio by the always-reliable Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver, the sound quality displays perfect balance and a spacious ambience.

WETA
Naxos' latest release in the "19th Century Violinist Composer" series features music by Emile Sauret, a French-born composer and violin virtuoso whose works on this release fit into the category of salon music that was popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Two suites, Village Scenes and Souvenirs of the Orient, give us 10 short character pieces. They're joined by a butterfly ("Farfalla") and a scherzo. There's also a selection that was probably written for Sauret's concert series in California, "Souvenir of Los Angeles."

ClassicsToday.com
Émile Sauret (1857 - 1920) was one of the last major exponents of the 19th-century Franco/Belgian school. His music is very charming, full of delightful melodies, and of course is beautifully written for the violin. He toured he U.S. several times in the 1870s (hence the charming Souvenir de Los Angeles included here), and was married for a few years to Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño - but then, so was everyone (she famously reproached one of her later husbands with the line, "Your children and my children are fighting again with our children!"). This collection also includes the Scènes villageoises, the exotic Souvenirs d'Orient, a buoyant Farfalla, and the pretty substantial Scherzo fantastique. Michi Wiancko plays all of these pieces with the right, light touch, a winsome tone, and good taste. Dina Vainshtein accompanies with discreet enthusiasm. Turn your home into a Paris salon and give this release a shot. Recommended.

Classical Lost and Found
Made in the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada, the recordings are excellent, projecting a comfortably proportioned soundstage in a lively acoustic ideally suited to these violin zingers. The string tone is bright but musical, and the piano well-rounded with what may be some occasional action noise. Those wanting a good duo demonstration disc need look no further!

The Buffalo News
I love how Naxos makes it its mission to put out forgotten old music like these chamber gems by virtuoso violinist Emile Sauret (1852 - 1920). This is music of lavish loveliness. ... light, soulful and entrancing...

Allmusic.com
Once a celebrated virtuoso and composer, but now mostly remembered by devotees of late Romantic violin music, Émile Sauret left a small but attractive body of works for violin and piano, some of which are lovingly presented on this 2011 Naxos release. Performed by violinist Michi Wiancko and pianist Dina Vainshtein, the pieces are picturesque sketches and character pieces that are a mixture of sentimental melodies with flashy techniques, and their gentleness and piquante charm mark them as parlor pieces of the fin de siècle. Sauret was a world-renowned violinist, and his popularity was widespread at the turn of the 20th century, so it's easy to imagine how such crowd-pleasing pieces as the Scènes villageoises or the Souvenirs d'Orient would be frequently heard in concert. But fans of brilliant violin writing should be most excited about Farfalla and the Scherzo fantastique, two showstoppers that Wiancko and Vainshtein serve up with extra bravado. ... the music is always effervescent and lively, so listeners seeking light diversions with glittery reminiscences of the belle époque will find what they need here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glenn Gould Studio, C.B.C., Toronto, Canada (06/01/2009-06/02/2009).



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>Émile Sauret (1852 - 1920) : Scènes villageoises, for violin & piano, Op. 50
  • Performers: Michi Wiancko (Violin); Dina Vainshtein (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, C.B.C., Toronto, Canada (06/01/2009-06/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Émile Sauret (1852 - 1920) : Souvenir de Los Angeles, for violin & piano, Op. 11
  • Performers: Michi Wiancko (Violin); Dina Vainshtein (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, C.B.C., Toronto, Canada (06/01/2009-06/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Émile Sauret (1852 - 1920) : Souvenirs d'Orient, for violin & piano, Op. 63
  • Performers: Michi Wiancko (Violin); Dina Vainshtein (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, C.B.C., Toronto, Canada (06/01/2009-06/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Émile Sauret (1852 - 1920) : Farfalla (Will-O'-The-Wisp) for violin & piano, Op. 40/3
  • Performers: Michi Wiancko (Violin); Dina Vainshtein (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, C.B.C., Toronto, Canada (06/01/2009-06/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Émile Sauret (1852 - 1920) : Scherzo fantastique, for violin & piano, Op. 9
  • Performers: Michi Wiancko (Violin); Dina Vainshtein (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, C.B.C., Toronto, Canada (06/01/2009-06/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic