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Enescu: Violin Sonata No 2; Bacewicz / Lydia Mordkovitch


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10476   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George EnescuGrazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ian FountainLydia Mordkovitch
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an excellent bit of programming that wouldn't occur to just anybody; George Enescu's Violin Sonata No. 2/6 of 1899 paired with three mid-twentieth century works by Polish virtuoso Grazyna Bacewicz. Although differing in background, nationality, and timeframe, Enescu and Bacewicz share an interest in the French approach, the young Enescu in the post-romantic style of Franck, colored to some extent with Brahms' slippery chromaticism, and Bacewicz with the neo-classicists of Les Six, though tempered with a more muscular, Bartókian edge. None of these works is unique on recordings, and both Enescu's sonata and Bacewicz' partita are relatively well-known pieces recorded a number of times. What is unique about them is Lydia Read more Mordkovitch interpretation of them, which is electrically dynamic in fast movements and searingly emotional in the slower ones. Admittedly the fast stuff is what takes the cake; Mordkovitch intense, driving reading of the Scherzo Vivo from Bacewicz's Violin Sonata No. 3 is on fire, yet maintains an attractive, folksy quality. Accompanist Ian Fountain plays like his name, with generous sprays of arpeggios in the first movement of the Enescu delivered with a liquid sense of grace and balance; however, at times he does seem to cover the soloist, and it is not clear whether this is the result of a hot-dogging accompanist or his recording level being too hot. In any event, Chandos' Lydia Mordkovich Plays Enescu & Bacewicz is a bracing recital, and whether it is the violinist or the program that attracts one's attention, such interest will be well rewarded.

-- Uncle Dave Lewis, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 6 by George Enescu
Performer:  Ian Fountain (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Romania 
Length: 25 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 "da camera" by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ian Fountain (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Poland 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ian Fountain (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Poland 
Length: 18 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Partita for Violin and Piano by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ian Fountain (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Poland 
Length: 16 Minutes 56 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 2 in F minor, Op. 6: I. Assez mouvemente
Violin Sonata No. 2 in F minor, Op. 6: II. Tranquillement
Violin Sonata No. 2 in F minor, Op. 6: III. Vif
Violin Sonata No. 1, "da camera": I. Largo
Violin Sonata No. 1, "da camera": II. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 1, "da camera": III. Tempo di minuetto
Violin Sonata No. 1, "da camera": IV. Andante sostenuto
Violin Sonata No. 1, "da camera": V. Gigue: Molto allegro
Violin Sonata No. 3: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Sonata No. 3: II. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 3: III. Scherzo: Vivo
Violin Sonata No. 3: IV. Finale: Andante
Partita: I. Preludium: Grave
Partita: II. Toccata: Vivace
Partita: III. Intermezzo: Andantino melancolio
Partita: IV. Rondo: Presto

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