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3 Classic Albums: Schubert for Two; Paganini for Two; Dvorak for Two / Gil Shaham, violin; Goran Sollscher, guitar

Album Summary

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata concertata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 61, MS 2
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major, Op. 3/1, MS 27/1
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonatas (6) for Violin and Guitar, Op. 3
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 3/6, MS 27/6
>Paganini, Niccolò : Grand Sonata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 35, MS 3
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in D major (Centone di sonate, Letter A/2), MS 112/2
>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major (Centone di sonate, Letter A/4), MS 112/4
>Paganini, Niccolò : Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, Op. 17, MS 109
>Paganini, Niccolò : Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio" from Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & guitar
>Paganini, Niccolò : Moto perpetuo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 11
>Schubert, Franz : Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op 137 no 1
>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Valse noble, D 969
>Schubert, Franz : Ländler, D 790
>Schubert, Franz : Valse (Ländler), D 146
>Schubert, Franz : German Dance, D 783
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
>Schubert, Franz : Valse, D 365
>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Dvorak, Antonin : Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, Op. 57/B 106
>Dvorak, Antonin : Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150
>Dvorak, Antonin : Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100/B 183
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Notes & Reviews:

Paganini For Two: This is a great pasta-eating recording!" says Gil Shaham. "It's full of beautiful Italian melodies. You can sense Paganini's operatic ambitions throughout. I think that he saw the violin as a singing instrument and that this is why his music for violin has an almost operatic quality. Paganini's concertos with their long recitatives are certainly operatic, and these sonatas are also songlike. Göran Söllscher and I took all the Paganini music we could find, most of it already scored for violin and guitar, and discovered some really beautiful duos. The violin and guitar produce a very special sound when played together." Particularly when played by artists of this calibre, one hastens to add. Reviewing the original release, The Strad praised Shaham's natural temperament for Paganini: "The result is a brilliant and exciting set of performances with all the hallmarks of a world-class Paganinian - a round, rich cantabile and a technique that remains subordinate and never interrupts the musical line and flow . . . Guitarist Göran Söllscher is unsurpassed. His vibrant and golden sound - which both accompanies and takes over occasionally from the violinist - imparts an ideal background."

Schubert For Two: Schubert for Two" - the title evokes Biedermeier Vienna's Romantic charm and pleasures. This is music conceived for a private salon and its young composer's appreciative circle of friends. "Shaham and Söllscher prove ideal partners," wrote Gramophone of this recording's original release. "Everything is finely nuanced and textured." For these two artists, "Schubert's is the most human, honest music - it's never artificial in any way. Maybe that's why it doesn't need so many notes. The 15 Dances from D 365 look easy at first sight, but there is another, deeper level. You have all these different colors, then they shift a little bit and suddenly a darkness comes into this small piece in the major mode. It's like opening a door into another world. In Schubert's time they didn't hesitate to make arrangements if they found a piece they thought was beautiful. We're doing the same thing. We follow our intuition and ask ourselves: 'Is this good? Does it work for our instruments?' Schubert played the guitar himself and many of his songs were published with guitar. His publisher issued the 15 German Dances for flute or violin and guitar."

Dvorak For Two: The brother and sister duo of Gil and Orli Shaham dates from childhood, when they would often play just for fun. Later they did some performing together in public. They'd given only about five or six concerts when Deutsche Grammophon's producer heard them on the radio playing Dvorák's Sonatina (a piece he composed for another brother and sister duo, his own son and daughter, in 1893 while living in New York). That turned out to be the origin of this, their first recording together. The Sonatina, Orli remembers, "was the very first piece Gil and I discovered together. We immediately fell in love with it." Their album - which also features the Brahmsian F major Violin Sonata of 1880 and the four delightful Romantic Pieces, fashioned by Dvorák in 1887 for a neighbor and his teacher - was acclaimed as "a CD of simple delights as well as deep inspirations . . . The Shahams together prove conclusively what fabulous music this is with its constant parade of winsome melodies and infectious dance steps . . . Highly recommended" (Classic CD).



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>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata concertata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 61, MS 2
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1804

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major, Op. 3/1, MS 27/1
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1805-1818

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonatas (6) for Violin and Guitar, Op. 3
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1805-1818

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 3/6, MS 27/6
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1805-1818

>Paganini, Niccolò : Grand Sonata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 35, MS 3
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1805-1808

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in D major (Centone di sonate, Letter A/2), MS 112/2
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Paganini, Niccolò : Sonata for violin & guitar in A major (Centone di sonate, Letter A/4), MS 112/4
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Paganini, Niccolò : Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, Op. 17, MS 109
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Paganini, Niccolò : Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio" from Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & guitar
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1819

>Paganini, Niccolò : Moto perpetuo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 11
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Schubert, Franz : Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op 137 no 1
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1816

>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Valse noble, D 969 :: no 4
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Schubert, Franz : Ländler, D 790 :: no 3
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1823

>Schubert, Franz : Valse (Ländler), D 146 :: no 12
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1815-1824

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Valse noble, D 969 :: no 3
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Schubert, Franz : German Dance, D 783 :: no 10
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 11/1824.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 11/1824

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1824

>Schubert, Franz : Valse, D 365 :: no 36
  • Performer: Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : German Dance, D 783 :: no 2
  • Performer: Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 11/1824.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 11/1824

>Schubert, Franz : Valse, D 365 :: no 2 "Trauerwalzer"
  • Performer: Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 1
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 19
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 20
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 21
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 6
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 2 "Trauerwalzer"
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 3
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 4
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 16
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 23
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 7
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 11
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 12
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 9
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : 15 Original Dances from D 365 :: no 10
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1816-1821

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Göran Söllscher (Guitar); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Dvorak, Antonin : Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, Op. 57/B 106
  • Performers: Gil Shaham (Violin); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/03/1880-03/17/1880.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150
  • Performers: Gil Shaham (Violin); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?01/20/1887-01/25/1887.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100/B 183
  • Performers: Gil Shaham (Violin); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 11/19/1893-12/03/1893.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic