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Rendez-vous Russe (Appointment Russian) - Works by Shostakovich, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff & Gubaidulina / Eva van Grinsven, Lars Niederstrasser, saxophone; Helena Basilova, piano; Maria Milstein, violin

Audio Samples

  1. Twelf Romances for Voice and Piano, Op. 21: No. 7, How Peaceful - Moderato (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by David Christobal Litago) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b: I. Andante (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b: II. Lento, ma non troppo (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b: III. Animato, ma non allegro (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b: IV. Andantino un poco scherzando (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b: V. Andante non troppo (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Piano Trio No. 1 for Violin, Saxophone and Piano, Op. 8 (Arr. by Eva van Grinsven)
  8. Six Romances for Voices and Piano, Op. 38: No. 1, In My Garden at Night - Lento (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by David Christobal Litago) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Six Romances for Voices and Piano, Op. 38: No. 2, To Her - Andante (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by David Christobal Litago) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Six Romances for Voices and Piano, Op. 38: No. 3, Daisies - Lento (Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano by David Christobal Litago) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons (Arr. for Two Saxophones by Michael Couper)
  12. Romance for Horn and Piano: Andante (Arr. for Saxophone and Piano by David Christobal Litago) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano: No. 1, Prelude. Moderato (Arr. for Violin, Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano: No. 2, Gavotte. Tranquillo, molto leggiero (Arr. for Violin, Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano: No. 3, Elegy. Andantino (Arr. for Violin, Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano: No. 4, Waltz. Tempo di valse. Moderato (Arr. for Violin, Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano: No. 5, Polka. Vivace (Arr. for Violin, Saxophone and Piano by Eva van Grinsven) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Six Romances for Voice and Piano, Op. 38: No. 5, Dreams. Lento (Arr. for Saxophone and Piano by David Christobal Litago) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Songs (5) without Words for voice & piano, Op. 35
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : 6 Romances Op. 38 for voice and piano
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Duo-Sonata, for 2 bassoons
>Scriabin, Alexander : Romance for horn & piano in A minor, WoO 21
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Pieces (5) for 2 violins & piano (arranged from theater music by Atovmyan)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Eva van Grinsven's Saxofolk debut album with the Berlage Saxophone Quartet was a spectacular success. On Rendez-vous russe the young Dutch saxophonist now sets out in quest of the "Russian soul," famous for its deeply felt emotionality and enthralling melancholy. Her saxophone and its marvelously versatile tone blend with the instruments of her chamber music partners, and the fine articulation so incredibly similar to the human voice produces a unique impact.

This of course applies in special measure to the songs of Sergei Rachmaninov. If his instrumental music goes straight to the heart, then his songs are universally spellbinding. His search for melancholy texts led him to symbolism and to compositions for the star Ukrainian vocalist Nina Koshétz, who also functioned as the Muse par excellence for Alexander Skriabin and Sergei Prokofiev.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Songs (5) without Words for voice & piano, Op. 35
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Maria Milstein (Violin); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : 6 Romances Op. 38 for voice and piano :: In my garden at night - Lento
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : 6 Romances Op. 38 for voice and piano :: To her - Andante
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : 6 Romances Op. 38 for voice and piano :: Daisies - Lento
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Duo-Sonata, for 2 bassoons
  • Performers: Lars Niederstrasser; Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Scriabin, Alexander : Romance for horn & piano in A minor, WoO 21
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Pieces (5) for 2 violins & piano (arranged from theater music by Atovmyan)
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Maria Milstein (Violin); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : 6 Romances Op. 38 for voice and piano :: Dreams - Lento
  • Performers: Helena Basilova (Piano); Eva Van Grinsven
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (12/14/2015-12/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1916