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Melodie - Scarlatti, Gluck, Saint-saens, Debussy, Mozart, Etc / Aurora Duo


Release Date: 07/14/2009 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1332   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Desire-Emile InghelbrechtAndrea PadovanoDomenico ScarlattiJacques Ibert,   ... 
Performer:  Donna FairbanksLysa Rytting
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MELODIE—MUSIC FOR VIOLIN AND HARP Aurora Duo MSR 1332 (69:31)


INGHELBRECHT Esquisses antiques. PADOVANO Berceuse. NEILSEN The Fog Is Lifting. D. SCARLATTI (arr. Freed) Sonata in e, K 81. Read more class="COMPOSER12">VILLA-LOBOS The Song of the Black Swan. IBERT Entr’acte. MOZART (arr. Caplan) Adagio in b. GLUCK (arr. Kreisler) Melodie. HATTON Sonatine in c. SAGNIER Petite suite armoricaine. DEBUSSY Children’s Corner: The Little Shepherd. SVEINSSON Dimmalimm: Intermezzo. SAINT-SAËNS (arrr. Salzedo) Carnival of the Animals: The Swan. LAUBER Danses médiévales. BOREN Liturgical Dance: 3 Movements


Donna Fairbanks, violin, and Lysa Rytting, harp, present a recital of music for violin and harp that encompasses several centuries and an even greater range of styles. While many of the pieces appear in arrangements, a number of them seem to have been conceived with the ensemble in mind (Saint-Saëns and Spohr also contributed to the literature of these specific instruments). The Aurora Duo recorded the program on May 9, 16, 22, and 29, and on June 6 of 2008 in Maeser Hall of Brigham Young University, and the engineers have captured a great deal of reverberation, which, if it lends greater body to the harp’s sound, makes the violin seem a bit tubby. D. E. Inghelbrecht’s Esquisses antiques (“Scaphe” and “Dryades”), Andrea Padovano’s Berceuse , and even Carl Nielsen’s The Fog Is Lifting , create a fragrant atmosphere enhanced by Fairbanks’s smoothly oiled approach and rich, buttery tone. Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata, arranged by Arnold Freed, dispels this mood for a brief interlude (though the Sonata is cast in a melancholy vein), before it returns in all its subtlety in Heitor Villa-Lobos’s The Song of the Black Swan , which Fairbanks chants with throaty ardor over a harp accompaniment of ice-crystal clarity. Jacques Ibert’s Entr’acte , with its mesmerizing repetitions of figures, provides the first sharply contrasting mood, and the Duo’s command of dynamics and textures makes it a particularly effective interlude.


Mozart’s Adagio, the first item from the Classical era, may share the acoustic ambiance of the other pieces, but the Duo manages to impart to it clear stylistic definition, as it does to Fritz Kreisler’s arrangement of Gluck’s Melodie , an old chestnut to which many violinists from Kreisler himself to Heifetz have succeeded in stamping with their own personalities. Galen Hatton’s Sonatine, at just over six minutes the longest piece on the program, sounds strikingly idiomatic after this arrangement, and, with its extended harmonic range, offers the first glimmer of more loosely organized tonality. Philippe Sagnier’s Petite suite amoricaine continues in a similar vein, though most of its tempo, characteristic of the recital’s pieces in general, reminds me of an Eastman professor’s observation that Howard Hanson’s music all moves like a heartbeat.


Debussy’s “The Little Shepherd” once again makes an excursion into a style strikingly different, and this time rich in harmonic connotations and melodic allusions that the Duo realizes with particularly keen insight; and Fairbanks and Rytting bring Atli Heimir Sveinsson’s Intermezzo to life by deploying their ample dynamic imagination. Arrangers have transcribed Saint-Saëns’s warhorse for many instrumental combinations, none more effective than violin and harp; and it evokes one of the ensemble’s most affecting musical characterizations. Joseph Lauber’s Medieval Dances (Rigaudon, Mascarade, Pavane, and Gaillarde) provide, in the Mascarade in particular, a way of combining the instruments that allows the Duo to probe more deeply their capabilities, both individually and in ensemble. Murray Boren’s Liturgical Dance , Nos. 35, 36, and 37, which the Aurora Duo commissioned, represent perhaps the boldest harmonic scheme and, in No. 36, a hauntingly spare, if not severe, expressivity.


Overall, despite the Duo’s careful attention to expressive detail, Fairbanks and Rytting seem to prefer penseroso to allegro , sweet to acidulous, so consistently that their soft focus risks blurring even their edgiest contrasts, making the whole resemble a box filled with only one type of confection rather than a sampler. For those who enjoy these particular textures and flavors, the recital should be highly satisfying. Recommended, accordingly, principally to them.


FANFARE: Robert Maxham
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Works on This Recording

1.
Esquisses antiques (2) by Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht
Performer:  Donna Fairbanks (Violin), Lysa Rytting (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Berceuse by Andrea Padovano
Performer:  Donna Fairbanks (Violin), Lysa Rytting (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in E minor, K 81/L 271 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Donna Fairbanks (Violin), Lysa Rytting (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arnold Freed. 
4.
Entr'acte by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Donna Fairbanks (Violin), Lysa Rytting (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Petite Suite Armoricaine by Philippe Sagnier
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Dimmalimm: Intermezzo by Atli Heimir Sveinsson
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Mother, Op. 41: The fog is lifting by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Donna Fairbanks (Violin), Lysa Rytting (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
O canto do cisne negro, W 123 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Donna Fairbanks (Violin), Lysa Rytting (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9.
Adagio in B major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
11.
Sonatine in C minor by Gaylen Hatton
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Le petit berger by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
13.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Editor: Carlos Salzédo. 
14.
4 Danses Médiévales, Op. 45: Rigaudon by Joseph Lauber
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
15.
4 Danses Médiévales, Op. 45: Mascarade by Joseph Lauber
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
16.
4 Danses Médiévales, Op. 45: Pavane by Joseph Lauber
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
17.
4 Danses Médiévales, Op. 45: Gaillarde by Joseph Lauber
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
18.
Liturgical Dance: Movements. Dance No. 35 by Murray Boren
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
19.
Liturgical Dance: Movements. Dance No. 36 by Murray Boren
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
20.
Liturgical Dance: Movements. Dance No. 37 by Murray Boren
Performer:  Lysa Rytting (Harp), Donna Fairbanks (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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