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Rapsodia

> Ciocarlia - Ciocarlia
> Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 - Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28: No. 1. Menetrier
> Doina et hora marita - Doina et hora marita
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractere populaire roumain" - I. Moderato malinconico
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractere populaire roumain" - II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractere populaire roumain" - III. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso
> Balada si joc (version for 2 violins) - Balada si joc (version for 2 violins)
> Doina et hora - Doina
> Doina et hora - Hora
> 8 Duos, Op. 4 - No. 1. Poco sostenuto
> 8 Duos, Op. 4 - No. 2. Agitato, non allegro
> 8 Duos, Op. 4 - No. 3. Risoluto
> 8 Duos, Op. 4 - No. 4. Lento
> 8 Duos, Op. 4 - No. 5. Allegretto
> 8 Duos, Op. 4 - No. 6. Vivo
> 8 Duos, Op. 4 - No. 7. Adagio
> 8 Duos, Op. 4 - No. 8. Vivo
> Hora staccato - Hora staccato
> Tzigane (arr. for violin and cimbalom) - Tzigane (arr. for violin and cimbalom)
> Crin - Crin
> Calusari 1 - Calusari 1
> Calusari 2 - Calusari 2
> Calusari 3 - Calusari 3

Album Summary

>Traditional, Gypsy : Ciocarlia
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Impressions of Childhood, Op. 8
>Traditional, Hungarian : Doina and Hora
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 3 in A minor ("dans le caractere populaire roumain"), Op. 25
>Ligeti, György : Ballade and Dance, for 2 violins
>Traditional, Romanian : Doina
>Ukrainian Traditional : Hora (The Mountain)
>Kurtág, György : Duets (8) for violin & cimbalon, Op 4
>Dinicu, Grigoras : Hora staccato, for violin & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Tzigane
>Sanchez-Chiong, Jorge : Crin, for ensemble
>Traditional, Romanian : Calusari
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Hard-bitten music critics tend to approach family get-togethers with caution - especially when they claim to bridge the folk/art-music divide. But this is a superior example of the genre: even if Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja's booklet-notes verge on the self-congratulatory, her playing, and that of everyone else involved, leaves you in no doubt that refined sophistication and raw intensity can fuse, setting the music on fire.

Rapsodia is Viktor Kopatchinsky's folk-music ensemble, in which his wife Emilia - Patricia's mother - plays violin and viola. The examples of their work, which alternate with the art-music items, are all under five minutes long and show a rich, multi-layered musical thinking which is never more mesmerising than when Viktor's cimbalom is to the fore. The most rhapsodic composition on the disc is George Enescu's Third Violin Sonata - "in the style of popular Romanian music" - expansive, just managing not to lose its musical threads and with an extraordinarily melodramatic ending. Ravel's Tzigane might seem the odd piece out in this programme yet, with the piano part transcribed for cimbalom, it comes across as no less earthily characterful than the disc's most concentrated and un-folklike item, Kurtág's set of eight tiny duos for violin and cimbalom.

Kurtág's riveting miniatures are the perfect complement to Enescu's expansiveness. In addition, Kopatchinskaja offers two short pieces in which she duets with herself - Ligeti's Duo and a fragment of Crin by Jorge Sanchez-Chiong which has her declaiming a text while playing her violin. This well-recorded disc is a breath of the freshest musical air."-Grammophon

The Independent on Sunday
The daughter of a cimbalom virtuoso and a classically trained violinist, she is equally at home in both worlds. Enescu's Sonata No 3 is framed by dances and extrapolations by Ligeti and Kurtag. Ravel's touristic "Tzigane" is transformed, while Jorge Sanchez-Chiong's "Crin" sees Kopatchinskaja vocalise Dada-esque syllables to kinetic pizzicato. Spicy and surprising.

BBC Music Magazine
[in the Enescu] both Kopatchinskaya and her partner Mihaela Ursuleasa [project] an instinctive feeling for the almost improvisatory musical line. Finally Ravel's Tzigane is presented not as an empty virtuoso showpiece but as a work brimming with colour and imagination.

International Record Review
Even before the first track is over, you realize this is a bit differentàThe greatest element of surprise comes in the form of Ravel's Tzigane... The resulting performance has an authenticity to Hungarian folk music Ravel could hardly have imagined... Kopatchinskaja's boldness and spirit of adventure should appeal to like-minded listeners.

Gramophone Magazine
[Kopatchinskaja's] playing, and that of everyone else involved, leaves you in no doubt that refined sophistication and raw intensity can fuse, setting the music on fire... This well-recorded disc is a breath of the freshest musical air.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandradio Kammermusiksaal, Köln, Germany (03/2009).



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Works Details

>Traditional, Gypsy : Ciocarlia
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Viola); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Impressions of Childhood, Op. 8 :: Minstrel
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/10/1940

>Traditional, Hungarian : Doïna and Hora
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Viola); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 3 in A minor ("dans le caractere populaire roumain"), Op. 25
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Ballade and Dance, for 2 violins
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Viola); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Traditional, Romanian : Doina
  • Performer: Viktor Kopatchinsky (Cimbalom)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.

>Ukrainian Traditional : Hora (The Mountain)
  • Performer: Viktor Kopatchinsky (Cimbalom)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Duets (8) for violin & cimbalon, Op 4
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Viktor Kopatchinsky (Cimbalom)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960-1961

>Dinicu, Grigoras : Hora staccato, for violin & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Viola); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Tzigane
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922-1924

>Sanchez-Chiong, Jorge : Crin, for ensemble
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Viola); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Romanian : Câlusari
  • Performers: Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin); Mihaela Ursuleasa (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin); Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Viola); Martin Gjakonovski (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.