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Szymanowski: Complete Music For Violin And Piano

Szymanowski / Monteiro / Santos
Release Date: 05/26/2015 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94979   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno MonteiroJoao Paulo Santos
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For all the Eastern-tinted opulence of his sole opera, King Roger, and assorted, lush vocal cycles, it is in the works scored for violin that we may hear most characteristically the voice of Karol Szymanowski. The reasons are personal as much as musical, both entwined in the person of Pawel Kochanski, the Polish violinist for whom his fellow countryman composed two concertos and nearly all the works on this album.

R E V I E W S:

"Every release from Bruno Monteiro and João Paulo Santos confirms them as a tremendously adventurous and musical partnership. Now that they can be found on labels like Naxos and Brilliant Classics, I hope the two will gain more exposure. While they have focused on a mix of
Read more neglected Romantic repertoire and Portuguese masterpieces in previous projects, I believe this release to be their most important yet, a masterful survey of Karol Szymanowski and his complete works for violin and piano...Brilliant Classics has been a little preoccupied with Baroque releases and obscure new music, but here at least is a project of real importance and wide musical appeal."

-- Brian Wigman, Classical.net

"Portuguese virtuosos Monteiro and Santos, captured in opulent sound, hurl themselves into the virtuoso fray where appropriate, steering the music’s sometimes meandering course with a firm rudder."

-- Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine

"“Monteiro’s playing on this new recording is particularly effective in escalating the mood of Opus 30 (Myths) beyond the plane of mere mortals. Highly absorbing CD, making a strong case that this music deserves more attention when violinists are planning their recital programs."

-- Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com

"I am surprised that no-one has ever thought of this before - the fully complete, music for violin and piano by this great Polish master. Apart from the masterly large-scale Sonata and other shorter well-known pieces, this collection includes all of the known transcriptions either made or sanctioned by the composer, whose association with the great Paul Kochanski produced this splendid set of works. The performances are uniformly excellent, as is the recording. Here is a very highly desirable and recommended issue, one of the most significant to have been released in recent years with regard towards a completion of this wonderful composer's music being made available on compact disc. It is, therefore, strongly recommended."

-- RobertMatthew-Walker, Musical Opinion

"This new Monteiro/Santos set is the only one, in my knowledge of Szymanowski recordings, to offer both the composer’s six original works and Kochanski’s five contributions. “Ecstatic raptures,” whether quasi-oriental or otherwise, is a good description of these radiant and inspiring performances by Bruno Monteiro and João Santos. For comparison I have only the Ibragimova/Tiberghien Hyperion CD, which does not contain the Kochanski extras. I’d have thought, though, that the Russian-born Ibragimova would have a closer connection to the Russian-born (now Ukraine) Polish Szymanowski than would the Portuguese Bruno Monteiro, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Technically, the two violinists are a match for each other, but in getting at the essence of Szymanowski’s elusive music, Monteiro has the definite edge. The nuanced phrasing and tonal refinement he brings to these pieces in sympathetic partnership with João Santos illuminate the music from within in a way that, for this listener, has made a deep and lasting impression. Very strongly recommended."

-- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine

"Bruno Monteiro and pianist João Paulo Santos perform with magnificent virtuosity as they show us the many facets of this interesting composer. The sound on this Brilliant Classics recording is crisp and gives each artist equal stature."

-- Maria Nockin, Fanfare

"Monteiro and Santos are ideal guides through Szymanowski’s elusive world; they capture the perfume and shadows in his music quite evocatively. Brilliant’s sound is detailed and atmospheric. This is the musical equivalent of hunting for rare orchids in misty rain forests. If that image holds any appeal for you, so will Szymanowski’s violin music”.

-- Huntley Dent, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Warsaw, Poland 
2.
Romance for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 23 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Poland 
3.
Paganini Caprices (3), Op. 40 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Poland 
4.
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
5.
Myths (3), Op. 30 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
6.
La berceuse d'Aďtacho Enia, Op. 52 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Poland 
7.
L'aube by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
8.
Danse sauvage by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
9.
Harnasie, Op. 55: Dance of the Harnasie by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1923-1931; Poland 
10.
Kurpie Songs, Op. 58: no 9, Look in, horse by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
11.
King Roger, Op. 46: Roxana's Song by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Bruno Monteiro (Violin), Joao Paulo Santos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1924; Poland 

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