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Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 2; Alfred Schnittke: Violin Sonata No. 2 'Quasi una Sonata'; Lutoslawski: Partita for Violin & Piano / Miranda Cuckson, violin; Blair McMillen, piano

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2, Sz 76
>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 ("Quasi una sonata")
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Partita, for violin & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Violinist Miranda Cuckson has always been drawn to the colorations and characteristics of Slavic music with its dark-hued tones and harmonies, mordant wit, and detailed shaping of folk ornamentation. She makes her ECM leader debut here (joined by frequent duo partner, pianist Blair McMillen) with a recording which evidences three great Slavic composers each of whom has been significant to her early musical development, particularly her affinity for contemporary music.

The Guardian, 5th May 2016
All composers who loved the jostle between wit and weight, spirit and logic, raw emotion and modernism. Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen end up delivering less cheeky attitude and more of the deep purpose: their playing is frank and urgent.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
Cuckson and her stage-fellow Blair McMillen sound almost as though they had this music in their blood... they manage to sound assertive but not unkempt, ponderous but not lugubrious, bringing plenty of dignity, in particular to the creepy opening... [this] is a propulsive, urgent, dizzyingly virtuoso performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano (01/2015).



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Works Details

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2, Sz 76
  • Performers: Miranda Cuckson (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 ("Quasi una sonata")
  • Performers: Miranda Cuckson (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Partita, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Miranda Cuckson (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984