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Brahms, Bridge, Enescu, et al / Rysanov, Chang

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
>Glinka, Mikhail : Sonata for viola & piano in D minor, G. iv3
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Concert Piece, for viola & piano
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Pensiero, for viola & piano in F minor, H. 53/1
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Allegro Appassionato, for viola & piano in B minor, H. 82
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
>Tabakova, Dobrinka : Whispered Lullaby, for viola & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"...the playing, in its technical command and imaginative grasp, is outstanding. One feels that Maxim Rysanov has a very special relationship with his Guadagnini viola, delighting in bringing out the particular qualities of its different registers - husky lower notes, brilliant high ones which, however, retain weight and intensity. He's well matched by the energy and vitality of Evelyn Chang's playing, strikingly so at the start of the CD (Brahms). On the following tracks (Glinka), she shows very different qualities; sparkling passagework and elegant lyrical expression, and she's equally convincing with the impressionistic sonorities of the Enescu." -Gramophone

BBC Music Magazine
... Rysanov makes out an excellent case for taking up the Franck A major Sonata, his arrangement judiciously steering a middle course between the violin and cello versions, but gaining an extra degree of richness of tone in the upper registers. The other items are no less striking. ...Rysanov and Chang achieve wonderfully veiled colours in both the Glinka Sonata and Dobrinka Tabakova's haunting Whispered Lullaby.

Gramophone Magazine
One feels that Maxim Rysanov has a very special relationship with his Guadagnini viola, delighting in bringing out the particular qualities of its different registers - husky lower notes, brilliant high ones which, however, retain weight and intensity. He's well matched by the energy and vitality of Evelyn Chang's playing, strikingly so at the start of the CD (Brahms).

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
If you have the initial impression that this is a motley collection of pieces, lacking focus, do think again. For one thing, it makes an effective recital programme, the items setting one another off, leading up to the major work (Franck) and concluding with a perfect encore (Tabakova).

And the playing, in its technical command and imaginative grasp, is outstanding. One feels that Maxim Rysanov has a very special relationship with his Guadagnini viola, delighting in bringing out the particular qualities of its different registers - husky lower notes, brilliant high ones which, however, retain weight and intensity. He's well matched by the energy and vitality of Evelyn Chang's playing, strikingly so at the start of the CD (Brahms). On the following tracks (Glinka), she shows very different qualities; sparkling passagework and elegant lyrical expression, and she's equally convincing with the impressionistic sonorities of the Enescu.

Throughout the disc, the attention is constantly grabbed by powerfully expressive duo playing. Rysanov appears as a true virtuoso in the Enescu and in the second of the Bridge pieces, yet he's able to scale down his performance for the intimate, dreamy Tabakova Lullaby, and in the Glinka he brings a subtly individual quality to each melodic phrase. And there's a strong sense that Chang and Rysanov really enjoy playing together.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
  • Performers: Evelyn Chang (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (08/07/2006-08/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Glinka, Mikhail : Sonata for viola & piano in D minor, G. iv3
  • Performers: Evelyn Chang (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (08/07/2006-08/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825-1828

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Concert Piece, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Evelyn Chang (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (08/07/2006-08/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Pensiero, for viola & piano in F minor, H. 53/1
  • Performers: Evelyn Chang (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (08/07/2006-08/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Allegro Appassionato, for viola & piano in B minor, H. 82
  • Performers: Evelyn Chang (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (08/07/2006-08/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Evelyn Chang (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (08/07/2006-08/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Tabakova, Dobrinka : Whispered Lullaby, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Evelyn Chang (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (08/07/2006-08/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004