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Beethoven, Ravel, Salonen, Et Al / Josefowicz


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 61948   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Olivier MessiaenLudwig van BeethovenEsa-Pekka SalonenMark Grey,   ... 
Performer:  John NovacekLeila Josefowicz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Leila Josefowicz's stimulating and refreshingly varied recital program opens with Messiaen's Theme and Variations, a strangely beautiful work that, although it provides some timbral and intonational challenges for the violinist, is much more of a showcase for the pianist, affording John Novacek opportunities to display his prodigious musicianship. Ravel's G major sonata places the two performers on a more even playing field, and here Josefowicz's sumptuous tone and characterful phrasing stand out--listen to her sly, feline playing in Ravel's bluesy second movement.


Josefowicz has the stage to herself in the next two works--both premiere recordings. Esa-Pekka Salonen's rhapsodic
Read more Lachen Verlernt (Laughing, Unlearnt) is a violinistic tour de force, and Josefowicz masterfully meets its challenges while emphasizing the music's uneasy lyricism. She's just as impressive in Mark Grey's lively, populist San Andreas Suite. Originally composed for guitar, the suite explores the many musical cultures of the San Francisco Bay area.




Turning to more standard repertoire, Josefowicz and Novacek offer an especially poetic rendition (very different from Heifetz's more virile approach) of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 10, with sensitive, song-like phrasing from both players in the first movement and adagio, and vibrant rhythmic energy in the scherzo and finale. Lastly, the duo presents a nicely robust version of Brahms' Scherzo in C minor, though the effect is more like an encore than a program closer. The recording balances the violin and piano realistically in a warm, spacious acoustic. A highly enjoyable disc, and not just for violin aficionados. [6/2/2005]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Thème et Variations for Violin and Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  John Novacek (Piano), Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2005 
Venue:  Amercan Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leila Josefowicz (Violin), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2005 
Venue:  Amercan Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 29 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Lachen Verlernt by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Performer:  John Novacek (Piano), Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Date of Recording: 01/2005 
Venue:  Amercan Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
San Andreas Suite by Mark Grey
Performer:  John Novacek (Piano), Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2005 
Venue:  Amercan Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 11 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  John Novacek (Piano), Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1927; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2005 
Venue:  Amercan Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 18 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6.
Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leila Josefowicz (Violin), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2005 
Venue:  Amercan Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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