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Works for violin & piano by Schnittke, Poulenc, Silvestrov, Walton, Dallapiccola / Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Suite in the Old Style, for chamber orchestra (arr. from instrumental version by V.Spivakov & V.Milm
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for violin & piano, FP 119
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Hommage à J.S.B., for violin & piano
>Walton, William : Toccata for violin & piano in A minor
>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Tartiniana seconda for violin & piano (or orchestra)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The second ECM New Series album by Italian sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana draws together a fascinating program with a strong narrative line. In this album of works by composers from France, Britain, Italy, Russia and Ukraine, older music is viewed through the prism of the new, and affinities areexplored - through the ages, across geographical borders and idiomatic divisions. Alfred Schnittke's "Suite In The Old Style" reflects, temperamentally, upon Bach and Scarlatti, while echoes of Bach's sonatas resonate in Valentin Silvestrov's 2009 composition "Hommage à J.S.B." Luigi Dallapiccola's "Tartiniana seconda" addresses the music of baroque composer Giuseppe Tartini with canonic mastery. Francis Poulenc's powerful "Sonate pour violon et piano", written in occupied France in 1942-3 is dedicated to the memory of murdered poet Federico Garcia Lorca. And William Walton's rarely-heard Toccata, written when the composer was just 20, bursts with ideas, acknowledging the virtuosic demands of the Toccata form, inviting improvisational responses from both violin and piano in the cadenzas, and drawing rhythmic impetus also from jazz (Walton was an early Ellington enthusiast). Duo Gazzana address the many challenges of the material with resourcefulness and imagination in this album recorded in June 2013 in Lugano.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
A clever and largey engaging collection of 20th and 21st century works that look back to earlier times played by the Duo Gazzana with wit, poise and graceful affection.

Sunday Times, 1st June 2014
This sequence of 20th-century pieces, beautifully played by the sisters of the Duo Gazzana, is nicely conceived, interspersing works that hark back to the baroque with sharper-edged ones.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano (06/2013).



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>Schnittke, Alfred : Suite in the Old Style, for chamber orchestra (arr. from instrumental version by V.Spivakov & V.Milm
  • Ensemble: Duo Gazzana
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for violin & piano, FP 119
  • Ensemble: Duo Gazzana
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1943

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Hommage à J.S.B., for violin & piano
  • Ensemble: Duo Gazzana
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Walton, William : Toccata for violin & piano in A minor
  • Ensemble: Duo Gazzana
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922-1923

>Dallapiccola, Luigi : Tartiniana seconda for violin & piano (or orchestra)
  • Ensemble: Duo Gazzana
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1956