WAGHALTER Violin Concerto in A, op. 15. Rhapsodie for Violin and Orchestra, op. 9. Violin Sonata in f, op. 5. Idyll for Violin and Piano, op. 19b. Geständnis for Violin and Piano • Irmina Trynkos (vn); Giorgi Latso (Giorgi Latsabidze) (pn); Alexander Walker, cond; Royal PO Read more class="BULLET12"> • NAXOS 8.572809 (59:33)
Waghalter’s 1911 violin concerto, op. 15, is new to almost all listeners at this point and it is absolutely amazing that this beautifully crafted major work could lie dormant for so many years. Some of the music that was premiered around the same time as the Waghalter’s concerto included: Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Like some of the more romantic pieces mentioned here, Waghalter’s concerto has shimmering lyrical textures and sweeping melodies that Trynkos plays with abandon. She has wonderfully secure trills and she demonstrates them with great taste as well as virtuosity.
The Rhapsodie for Violin and Orchestra was written in 1906. The same year saw premieres of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and Dinicu’s flamboyant Hora Staccato. Although the rhapsodie begins with a plaintive tune decorated with trills that diminish into the ether, a second theme comes in like a ray of bright sunlight that floods the entire landscape. This exultant theme eventually leads the listener to a happy ending in a soothing, peaceful place. Trynkos gets a full-blooded sound with exquisite overtones from her historic Stainer violin, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Walker plays both works with lush romantic sonorities. Trynkos and pianist Giorgi Latsabidze [Giorgi Latso] play the Sonata for Violin and Piano with all the passion that the piece calls for. Its Gypsy melody enchants the ears and fascinates the mind. The other two pieces, Idyll and Geständnis (Confession), are short and could well be used as encores. Idyll invites the listener to enjoy the beauty of its setting, while Geständnis would seem to involve the revelation of a white lie that might bring a couple closer together. Pianist and violinist play both these short pieces with a great deal of feeling for this composer and his music. The sound on this disc is clear and the balances are well equalized. I think this is a recording that belongs in every collection.
Exquisite, Revelatory RecordingApril 22, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"The German record company CPO has built a solid reputation for making recordings of extremely high quality with works by truly obscure, often unknown, composers. Now it is Naxos' turn and it plunges into the unknown with this astonishing recording. Ignaz Waghalter was a name completely unknown to me before I listened to this disk, and what a learning experience and introduction it was! Waghalter was a Polish Jew who worked in Germany throughout the early 20th century, inevitably emigrating with the onset of Nazism, like so many others. Judging from the opus numbers listed on this recording, I'd say his overall output was fairly limited, but what there is more than merits serious attention. His Violin Concerto (Op. 15) is a case in point- a beautifully crafted work with fine melodies and firm structure somewhat in the mode of Brahms. Then there is the gorgeous 11-minute Rhapsodie for Violin and Orchestra (Op. 9), which by itself makes the entire disk self-recommending. Violinist Irmina Trynkos displays great technique and has a wonderful tone in these works, ably supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Trynkos is then joined by pianist Giorgi Latsabidze for 3 chamber works- the intense and powerful Violin Sonata in F Minor (Op. 5) and two short parlor pieces of substantial charm and beauty. In summary, here is a recording of undeniable artistic excellence which (in my opinion) is guaranteed to be a brand new musical experience. Don't hesitate to give it a try- trust me, you will not be disappointed. Definitely recommended."Report Abuse