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Karol Szymanowski: Complete Music for Violin and Piano / Bruno Monteiro, violin; Joao Paolo Santos, piano

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Sonata for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 9, M9
>Szymanowski, Karol : Roxana's Song, for violin & piano (from opera "King Roger")
>Szymanowski, Karol : Harnasiów
>Szymanowski, Karol : Romance for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 23
>Szymanowski, Karol : Paganini Caprices (3), Op. 40
>Szymanowski, Karol : Myths (3), Op. 30
>Szymanowski, Karol : Lullaby ("La berceuse d'Aïtacho Enia"), for violin & piano, Op. 52, M58
>Szymanowski, Karol : L'Aube (violin part completed by Kochanski), for violin & piano
>Szymanowski, Karol : Danse sauvage, for violin & piano (violin part completed by Kochanski)
>Szymanowski, Karol : Kurpian Songs, M. 69, Op. 58
>Szymanowski, Karol : Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28
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Notes & Reviews:

For all the Eastern-tinted opulence of his sole opera, King Roger, and assorted, lush vocal cycles, it is in the works scored for violin that we may hear most characteristically the voice of Karol Szymanowski. The reasons are personal as much as musical, both entwined in the person of Pawel Kochanski, the Polish violinist for whom his fellow countryman composed two concertos and nearly all the works on this album. Kochanski was a close friend of the nervous, highly strung Szymanowski, and although he had begun his international career touring with the legendary Chopin pianist Arthur Rubinstein, he also performed abroad with Szymanowski until the latter's health began terminally to wane after successive attacks of tuberculosis, and helped the composer to shape the solo lines of his violin works: indeed the lengthy cadenza of the First Violin Concerto is actually composed by Kochanski. The major works here are the Mythes and the Second Violin Sonata; Impressionistic, sometimes feather-light in texture yet held together in long paragraphs of lyric outpouring, as erotically charged in their way as any of the Eastern love-poetry set by Szymanowski. Such influence comes to the fore in the Nocturne and Tarantella as well as arrangements of excerpts from King Roger and his ballet Harnasie and in a gorgeous lullaby, La Berceuse d'Aïtacho Enia. Both Portuguese musicians on this recording have won international acclaim: Bruno Monteiro's next exciting recording for Brilliant will include Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole and Saint-Saëns's Third Violin Concerto with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa conducted by Pedro Neves.

“Monteiro’s playing on this new recording is particularly effective in escalating the mood of Opus 30 (Myths) beyond the plane of mere mortals. Highly absorbing CD, making a strong case that this music deserves more attention when violinists are planning their recital programs.”     –Examiner.com, Stephen Smoliar

“Portuguese virtuosos Monteiro and Santos, captured in opulent sound, hurl themselves into the virtuoso fray where appropriate, steering the music’s sometimes meandering course with a firm rudder.”     –BBC Music Magazine, Julian Haylock

BBC Music Magazine
Portuguese virtuosos Monteiro and Santos, captured in opulent sound, hurl themselves into the virtuoso fray where appropriate, steering the music's sometimes meandering course with a firm rudder.

Expresso
This generous set of Szymanowski¦s complete music for violin and piano by Bruno Monteiro and Jopo Paulo Santos, is of remarkable fidelity, accurately identifying the distinctive phases of the romanticism, symbolism and nationalism, keeping the linearity when the music demands...a definitive Szymanowski.

Fanfare
Ecstatic raptures, whether quasi-oriental or otherwise, is a good description of these radiant and inspiring performances by Bruno Monteiro and Jopo Santos...The nuanced phrasing and tonal refinement he brings to these pieces in sympathetic partnership with Jopo Santos illuminate the music from within in a way that, for this listener, has made a deep and lasting impression. Very strongly recommended.

Jornal de Letras
Bruno Monteiro and Jopo Paulo Santos are at ease in the repertoire...they share the same vision on Szymanowsk's music - its richness, demand and history...[they] enter now in the exclusive group of the great interperters of his music.

Klassik Magazin
Bruno Monteiro and Jopo Paulo Santos really play as an ensemble, and face the highly technical obstacles on both instruments - and in the case of Szymanowski, it cannot be said that the pianist simply accompanies the violinist...In the Nocturne and Tarantella Op. 28, a work technically and musically very demanding, the performers are fully up to the demands.

Musical Opinion
The performances are uniformly excellent, as is the recording. Here is a very highly desirable and recommended issue, one of the most significant to have been released in recent years with regard towards a completion of this wonderful composer's music being made available on compact disc. It is, therefore, strongly recommended.

MusicWeb International, July 2015
All these pieces are given very good performances by the excellent duo of Portuguese violinist Bruno Monteiro, and pianist Jopo Paulo Santos. They enjoy the exotic colours and indulge the luscious harmonies in both the three Mythes and the Sonata.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014).



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Works Details

>Szymanowski, Karol : Sonata for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 9, M9
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Szymanowski, Karol : Roxana's Song, for violin & piano (from opera "King Roger")
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Szymanowski, Karol : Harnasiów :: Taniec z
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1923-1931

>Szymanowski, Karol : Romance for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 23
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Szymanowski, Karol : Paganini Caprices (3), Op. 40
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Szymanowski, Karol : Myths (3), Op. 30
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Szymanowski, Karol : Lullaby ("La berceuse d'Aïtacho Enia"), for violin & piano, Op. 52, M58
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Szymanowski, Karol : L'Aube (violin part completed by Kochanski), for violin & piano
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Szymanowski, Karol : Danse sauvage, for violin & piano (violin part completed by Kochanski)
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Szymanowski, Karol : Kurpian Songs, M. 69, Op. 58 :: no 9 Zarzyjze kuniu
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930-1932

>Szymanowski, Karol : Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28
  • Performers: Bruno Monteiro (Violin); Joao Santos (Piano)
  • Notes: Igreja da Cartuxa, Caxias, Portugal (09/22/2014-09/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915