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Words Fail - music for violin & piano by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Prokofiev, Messiaen plus world premieres by Timo Andres and Michael Gandolfi / Yevgeny Kutik, violin; John Novacek, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, known for his "dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique" (The New York Times), releases Words Fail... , inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's well-known adage, "where words fail, music speaks," best encapsulated by Mendelssohn's iconic Songs Without Words. Kutik uses Mendelssohn's songs as a starting point to expand upon the idea that music surpasses traditional language in its expressive capabilities.

The world premiere recordings of Words Fail... by Timo Andres and Arioso Doloroso/Estatico by Michael Gandolfi were both commissioned for the album.

Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide. He is praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, and for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of standard works as well as rarely heard and newly composed repertoire.

Words Fail... follows Yevgeny Kutik's 2014 album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures (MQS-CD-81453). Music from the Suitcase debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart, and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in The New York Times. Kutik's 2012 debut album, Sounds of Defiance (MQS-CD-81429), features the music of Achron, Pärt, Schnittke, and Shostakovich, focusing on music written during the darkest periods of the lives of these composers.

Of Words Fail... , Kutik says, "Music never fails to be the most truthful communicator of my barest emotions - it has the ability tap right into the source of our spirit."

Timo Andres' Words Fail echoes the first of Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, transforming it into what Kutik describes as "something both folk-like and occasionally medieval". Gandolfi's Arioso Doloroso/Estatico for unaccompanied violin highlights the gravity, solitude, and timeless wisdom evoked by the timbre of the solo violin.

Hans Christian Andersen
Where words fail, music speaks.


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