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'Memories' - Prokofiev, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Rachmanioff, et al. / Kirill Troussov, violin & Alexandra Troussiva, piano

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
>Heifetz, Jascha : March, arrangement for violin & piano (after Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges")
>Schnittke, Alfred : Suite (Sonata) in the Old Style, for violin & piano (or harpsichord)
>Shchedrin, Rodion : Im Stile von Albéniz, for violin & piano
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : 24 Préludes for Piano, Op. 34
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
>Heifetz, Jascha : Sabre Dance, arrangement for violin & piano (after Khachaturian's Gayane)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Souvenir, Op. 42
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34
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Notes & Reviews:

Kirill Troussov is currently among the most sought-after violinists of today. This new album recorded with his sister Alexandra Troussova and marking his MDG debut. Perfect technique, elegance of execution, and an unrivaled tone-color palette are the hallmarks of Kirill Troussov. He ventures far beyond the standard violin repertoire and welcomes the challenges posed by little-known works.

On his Recital CD there are favorites like Khachaturian's "Saber Dance" and Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" as well as Alfred Schnittke's wonderful "Suite in the Old Style" and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 offering a fond homage to long-forgotten times.

Troussov's violin, is one of the most significant of all musical instruments, also recalls the past: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto was premiered on the Brodsky Stradivarius once owned by Adolf Brodsky, and Troussov in every way proves to be the legitimate heir to this tradition.

Tchaikovsky contributes the "Meditation," actually intended as the middle movement of his magnificent Violin Concerto, and the "Valse-Scherzo" to this very personal program. Troussov claims his place in the best Russian violin tradition: extreme virtuosity is combined with esprit and elegance for the purest listening pleasure.

This brother and sister performed together on the stage even when they were children - so it is not surprising that they have developed a perfect mutual understanding. Every gesture and every detail are just right, and the seeming effortlessness with which they perform also allows them spontaneous freedoms lending the music an entirely new dimension.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013).



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Heifetz, Jascha : March, arrangement for violin & piano (after Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges")
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1937

>Schnittke, Alfred : Suite (Sonata) in the Old Style, for violin & piano (or harpsichord)
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1972

>Shchedrin, Rodion : Im Stile von Albéniz, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : 24 Préludes for Piano, Op. 34 :: Five Préludes
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : 24 Préludes for Piano, Op. 34 :: Five Préludes
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : 24 Préludes for Piano, Op. 34 :: Five Préludes
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : 24 Préludes for Piano, Op. 34 :: Five Préludes
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : 24 Préludes for Piano, Op. 34 :: Five Préludes
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Heifetz, Jascha : Sabre Dance, arrangement for violin & piano (after Khachaturian's Gayane)
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1948

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Souvenir, Op. 42 :: no 1 Meditation
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34
  • Performers: Kirill Troussov (Violin); Alexandra Troussova (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (02/19/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877