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Alexandre Tansman: Music for Violin and Piano / Klaidi Sahatçi, violin; Giorgio Koukl, piano

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  1. Tansman — Romance $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Tansman — Violin Sonata No. 2: I. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Tansman — Violin Sonata No. 2: II. Mélodie slave. Andante espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Tansman — Violin Sonata No. 2: III. Intermezzo scherzando. Presto possibile $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Tansman — Violin Sonata No. 2: IV. Finale. Allegro giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Tansman — Sonata quasi una fantasia: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Tansman — Sonata quasi una fantasia: II. Scherzo. Molto vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Tansman — Sonata quasi una fantasia: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Tansman — Sonata quasi una fantasia: IV. Finale. Lento - Allegro giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Tansman — Violin Sonatina No. 1: I. Modéré $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Tansman — Violin Sonatina No. 1: II. Intermezzo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Tansman — Violin Sonatina No. 1: III. Scherzo. Allegro risoluto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Tansman — Violin Sonatina No. 1: IV. Notturno $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Tansman — Violin Sonatina No. 1: V. Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Tansman — Violin Sonatina No. 2: I. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Tansman — Violin Sonatina No. 2: II. Andante cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Tansman — Violin Sonatina No. 2: III. Allegro scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Tansman — Fantaisie for Violin & Piano: I. Divertimento. Molto vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Tansman — Fantaisie for Violin & Piano: II. Élégie. Lento espressivo, un poco rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Tansman — Fantaisie for Violin & Piano: III. Fuga. Allegro risoluto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Tansman — Fantaisie for Violin & Piano: IV. Improvisazione. Moderato - Lento, un poco rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Tansman — Fantaisie for Violin & Piano: V. Canon. Lento cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Tansman — Fantaisie for Violin & Piano: VI. Finale. Scherzo. Allegro moderato, molto deciso - Molto vivace $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Tansman, Alexander : Romance, for violin & piano
>Tansman, Alexander : Sonata for violin & piano no 2
>Tansman, Alexander : Sonate quasi una fantasia, for violin & piano
>Tansman, Alexander : Sonatina for violin & piano no 1
>Tansman, Alexander : Sonatina for violin & piano no 2
>Tansman, Alexander : Fantasie for violin & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Although Alexandre Tansman was considered a genius in his lifetime, these recordings demonstrate that much of his chamber music remains to be rediscovered after years of neglect. Tansman's early successes included the prize-winning Romance and late-Romantic Sonate No. 2, ensuring his move from Poland into Parisian cultural life. The exploratory character and exquisite poetry of the Sonate quasi una fantasia contrasts with the concise First Sonatine with its playful Fox-Trot. Despite its wartime origins the Second Sonatine is bright and buoyant, while the Fantaisie is an expressively lyrical product of Tansman's final period.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
The performances here could hardly be better studied or more charismatic... it's possible that minute study of Tansman may reveal more depths but this disc exists for more scintillating purposes.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
He was a master craftsman; and his music, while derivative, is entertaining and often moving. Highest recommendation for Sahatci's sensuous and sexy violin, recorded forward relative to the pianist, who also plays wonderfully. I'd love to hear more from these artists.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerl.



Reviews

Spans composer's career
I have to admit I was not familiar with the music of Alexandre Tansman before receiving this disc to review. But after listening to it, and reading about him, I definitely want to hear more.

Alexandre Tansman was born in Poland and always maintained he was a Polish composer, though he spent virtually all of his life in France. During the Second World War, he emigrated to Hollywood (his score to "Paris Underground" was nominated for an Oscar in 1946). After the war he returned to France and continued to compose, though like many pre-war artists, Tansman's music was considered out of date.

This release presents a chronological survey of Tansman's music for violin and piano, beginning with his 1918 Romance and ending with his Fantaisie from 1963. The Romance is sweetly sentimental with Ravel-like harmonies. His Sonata No. 2, written around the same time is a more substantial work, though written in a similar post-romantic language as the Romance.

The Sonata quasi una fantasia (1924) and Sonatine No. 1 (1925) represent further development of Tansman's harmonic language, which owes much to Debussy and Ravel (although Tansman's jazz passages are more convincing than Ravel's). Tansman was invited to become a member of Les Six, but declined. To my ears, it sounds like he joined them in spirit, if not officially.

In the 1963 Fantasie, Tansman experiments with atonality without fully stepping over the line. While musicians of the 1960's may have considered this old-fashioned, taken on its own merits I found the Fantasie to be an engaging and enjoyable work.

Violinist Klaidi Sahati and pianist Giorgio Koukl play these works with great sensitivity. Their expressiveness helps this music come alive. If you're a fan of French music of the 1920's, then Tansman's music will fit right into your collection.
Submitted on 04/06/15 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Tansman, Alexander : Romance, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Klaidi Sahatci (Violin)
  • Notes: Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland (07/07/2013-07/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Tansman, Alexander : Sonata for violin & piano no 2
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Klaidi Sahatci (Violin)
  • Notes: Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland (07/07/2013-07/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Tansman, Alexander : Sonate quasi una fantasia, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Klaidi Sahatci (Violin)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Tansman, Alexander : Sonatina for violin & piano no 1
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Klaidi Sahatci (Violin)
  • Notes: Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland (07/07/2013-07/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Tansman, Alexander : Sonatina for violin & piano no 2
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Klaidi Sahatci (Violin)
  • Notes: Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland (07/07/2013-07/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1941

>Tansman, Alexander : Fantasie for violin & piano
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Klaidi Sahatci (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1963