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'My Dusty Gramophone' - Works for Violin & Piano, by Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Sarasate, Schumann et al. / Dunja Lavrova, violin; Konstantin Lapshin, piano

Album Summary

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Polonaise brillante for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 4
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Op. 42
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : 2 Pieces Op. 6
>Halffter, Ernesto : Danza de la gitana
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Schumann, Robert : Intermezzo in F major from the FAE Sonata
>Drigo, Riccardo : Valse Bluette
>Heifetz, Jascha : Daisies, arrangement for violin & piano (after Rachmaninov's piano piece, Op. 38/3)
>Paganini, Niccolò : Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, Op. 17, MS 109
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34
>Heifetz, Jascha : Beau Soir, arrangement for violin & piano (after Debussy)
>Saperton, David : Bess, You Is My Woman Now, concert transcription for piano (after Gershwin)
>Heifetz, Jascha : Deep River, arrangement of spiritual for violin & piano
>Kreisler, Fritz : Tango for violin & piano (transcription of Albéniz's Op. 165/2)
>Heifetz, Jascha : Estrellita, arrangement for violin & piano (after Ponce's song)
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Traditional, Basque : Nana (Aurtxo txikia negarrez), traditional lullaby
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Notes & Reviews:

My love-affair with historic recordings began long before I started to play violin. Recordings by Jascha Heifetz, Ginette Neveau and Ida Haendel, which my family owned on vinyl and which I listened to obsessively as a child, were precisely what made me decide to become a violinist. For me, there is something that is extra special in the vintage studio recordings, in particular those of Jascha Heifetz's: something so personal in that soft, dry, close-up sound! What I wanted to do is more or less go back in time to the days when the making of the records by the likes of Jascha Heifetz and David Oistrach was rather different to what it is now. Just like they did back then, I wanted to set up the microphones very close, to use almost no reverb at all, record as much as possible in full live takes, and - if possible, use vintage equipment. Having the microphones so close-up felt very unforgiving and recording numerous full live takes of the same pieces was tiring, but I must admit that the thing I particularly indulged in was using more portamento than it is usually done these days- because the repertoire I chose for the album and the way we recorded it actually encouraged it. And I think it makes for a more authentic experience, which is exactly what I wanted to recreate: a trip back in time. - Dunja Lavrova

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014).



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>Wieniawski, Henryk : Polonaise brillante for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 4
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Op. 42 :: Mélodie
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : 2 Pieces Op. 6 :: no 1 Romance
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Halffter, Ernesto : Danza de la gitana
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Schumann, Robert : Intermezzo in F major from the FAE Sonata
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Drigo, Riccardo : Valse Bluette
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz

>Heifetz, Jascha : Daisies, arrangement for violin & piano (after Rachmaninov's piano piece, Op. 38/3)
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1945

>Paganini, Niccolò : Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, Op. 17, MS 109
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Heifetz, Jascha : Beau Soir, arrangement for violin & piano (after Debussy)
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933

>Saperton, David : Bess, You Is My Woman Now, concert transcription for piano (after Gershwin)
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.

>Heifetz, Jascha : Deep River, arrangement of spiritual for violin & piano
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1938

>Kreisler, Fritz : Tango for violin & piano (transcription of Albéniz's Op. 165/2)
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Heifetz, Jascha : Estrellita, arrangement for violin & piano (after Ponce's song)
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Traditional, Basque : Nana (Aurtxo txikia negarrez), traditional lullaby
  • Performers: Konstantin Lapshin (Piano); Dunja Lavrova (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Britz, Berlin, Germany (06/19/2014/06/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance