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Bloch: Violin Sonata no 2; Janácek: Violin Sonata; Shostakovich: Violin Sonata Op. 134 / Midori, violin; Özgür Aydin, piano

Album Summary

>Bloch, Ernest : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 ("Poeme Mystique")
>Janácek, Leos : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed Japanese-American violinist Midori makes her debut on Onyx with this disc featuring three 20th-century violin sonatas. Ernest Bloch's seldom heard Violin Sonata No.2 (subtitled Poéme mystique) is paired with Janácek's Violin Sonata of 1914-21 and Shostakovich's late G major sonata of 1968, a stark masterpiece composed for David Oistrakh and Sviatoslav Richter. After exploding on the scene as a child-prodigy, today, Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist, who was named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2007. Writing about these works Midori says, "These are three works that interweave the anxieties of the modern world condition with much hope for the future. In the end, the music fills us with a great feeling of warmth and compassion while not shying away from what must be confronted."

Sunday Times, 13th October 2013
Midori's playing in these three satisfyingly aligned 20th-century violin and piano sonatas is imbued not just with a keen beauty, but somehow with a thoughtfulness...Janacek's fascinatingly inventive and searching four-movement sonata (1922) is the disc's deeply rewarding centrepiece.

The Observer, 27th October 2013
All are works of angst and emotion. Midori honours these three composers with playing of technical precision and eloquence.

MusicWeb International, 29th November 2013
These are very fine performances by two players who not only have an affinity for this repertoire, but play with a shared purpose. They listen to each other and appear to be on the same wavelength, delivering performances which are compelling and captivating...this recording is marked with distinction.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
[Midori's] veiled tone and impeccable intonation lure us into Bloch's world...Throughout [the Janacek] she isn't afraid to dig hard into the strings, but she also knows when to mine the seam of lyricism below the music's surface.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
Midori brings her highly accomplished manner to three works very different in their demands...Midori is really at her best in Bloch's Second Violin Sonata, with its long, rhapsodic lines and gently reflective manner, gracefully phrased and expounded here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Köln, WDR Funkhaus, Klaus von Bismarck Saal (08/19/2012-08/22/2012).



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Works Details

>Bloch, Ernest : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 ("Poème Mystique")
  • Performers: Midori (Violin); Ozgur Aydin (Piano)
  • Notes: Köln, WDR Funkhaus, Klaus von Bismarck Saal (08/19/2012-08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
  • Performers: Midori (Violin); Ozgur Aydin (Piano)
  • Notes: Köln, WDR Funkhaus, Klaus von Bismarck Saal (08/19/2012-08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
  • Performers: Midori (Violin); Ozgur Aydin (Piano)
  • Notes: Köln, WDR Funkhaus, Klaus von Bismarck Saal (08/19/2012-08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968