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Bacon, Diamond: Works for Violin & Piano / Greening-Valenzuela, Walker


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Con Brio   Catalog #: 234   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ernst BaconDavid Diamond
Performer:  James Greening-ValenzuelaJohn Walker
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A world-premiere recording of James Greening-Valenzuela, violinist, and John Walker, pianist. The duo was coached by Ernst Bacon before the recording sessions for authentic interpretation. The Diamond represents 20th Century composition at its most pleasurable—it is very easy listening.

REVIEWS:

"... this is a performance of potency and passion..." The Strad

"Both works on this short CD are written in an immediately approachable idiom that is most appealing. Both, also, are carefully and successfully crafted in their own ways... this Violin Sonata is a thoroughly confident affair, given here in a most committed performance by Greening-Valenzuela and Walker. The violinist has an
Read more expressive, but not distracting, vibrato and a strong sense of line that suits this music perfectly. In addition, Greening-Valenzuela’s sweet top register is well-captured in the first movement... The Chaconne (Diamond) is quite a remarkable work… Greening-Valenzuela suavely characterises the various variations." -- Colin Clarke, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano by Ernst Bacon
Performer:  James Greening-Valenzuela (Violin), John Walker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
2. Chaconne for Violin and Piano by David Diamond
Performer:  John Walker (Piano), James Greening-Valenzuela (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 

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