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Brahms, Bridge, Enescu, Et Al / Rysanov, Chang

Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2111   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsMikhail GlinkaGeorge EnescuFrank Bridge,   ... 
Performer:  Evelyn ChangMaxim Rysanov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Outstanding – these musicians obviously enjoy playing together

If you have the initial impression, as I had, that this is a motley collection of pieces, lacking focus, I’d urge you to think again. For one thing, it makes an effective recital programme, the items setting one another off, leading up to the major work (Franck) and concluding with a perfect encore (Tabakova). And the playing, in its technical command and imaginative grasp, is outstanding. One feels that Maxim Rysanov has a very special relationship with his Guadagnini viola, delighting in bringing out the particular qualities of its different registers – husky lower notes, brilliant high
Read more ones which, however, retain weight and intensity. He’s well matched by the energy and vitality of Evelyn Chang’s playing, strikingly so at the start of the CD (Brahms). On the following tracks (Glinka), she shows very different qualities; sparkling passagework and elegant lyrical expression, and she’s equally convincing with the impressionistic sonorities of the Enescu. In the Franck, though her performance is finely controlled, I miss the depth of tone Pascal Rogé (Ysaÿe Records – see page 76) produces, as well as the poetry engendered by his freer rhythms. But throughout the disc, my attention was grabbed by powerfully expressive duo playing. Rysanov appears as a true virtuoso in the Enescu and in the second of the Bridge pieces, yet he’s able to scale down his performance for the intimate, dreamy Tabakova Lullaby, and in the Glinka he brings a subtly individual quality to each melodic phrase. And there’s a strong sense that Chang and Rysanov really enjoy playing together.

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [6/2007]
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Works on This Recording

Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Evelyn Chang (Piano), Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Sonata for Viola and Piano in D minor by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Evelyn Chang (Piano), Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1828; Russia 
Concert Piece for Viola and Piano by George Enescu
Performer:  Evelyn Chang (Piano), Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Romania 
Pensiero, H 53a by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Maxim Rysanov (Viola), Evelyn Chang (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Allegro appassionato, H 82 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Evelyn Chang (Piano), Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1908; England 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Evelyn Chang (Piano), Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 

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