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Duos For Violin & Cello / Rudens Turku, Wen-sinn Yang


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2124   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Zoltán KodályJustus J. F. DotzauerNiccolò PaganiniAdrien François Servais,   ... 
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn YangRudens Turku
Number of Discs: 1 
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DUOS FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO Rudens Turku (vn); Wen-Sinn Yang (vc) AVIE 2124 (68:09)


KODÁLY Duo, op. 7. DOTZAUER Duo, op. 124. GLIÈRE 8 Pieces, op. 39: Prelude; Berceuse; Canzonetta; Scherzo. PAGANINI Read more Duetto No. 1. SERVAIS/GHYS Variations brillantes sur “God Save the King”


Rudens Turku and Wen-Sinn Yang, a duo well matched in tonal weight and timbre, establish in the impassioned rhetoric of the first movement of Kodály’s Duo a seamless partnership that convincingly negotiates the work’s rugged emotional, though instrumentally idiomatic, terrain through the searching Adagio, the brief third movement, and the mercurial finale. While the music demands and the duo offers a command of musical gesture, the impression its members create remains one of congenial cooperation rather than of dynamic contrast. Consider, for example, the dynamic contrast between Janos Starker and Josef Gingold in their overwhelming performance of the piece from 1973, rereleased on Delos 1015—and compare to it the greater—blander?—homogeneity of the Yuli and Eleanora Turovsky on Chandos 8427, which John D. Wiser recommended in 11:4: although he recognized their “reactive and penetrating playing,” he also found them “well matched”; it’s both a strength and a weakness in music like this.


Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer’s Duo, which follows immediately, provides a shift from drama to lyricism, with the violin setting out, in the introduction, in its upper registers over a cello accompaniment. Sets of variations follow (Peter Avis’s notes identify the themes as the Bridal Chorus and the Pas de trois in act III of Rossini’s William Tell ). Dotzauer may have been a cellist (and composer of a set of famous studies), but he assigns to the violin the lion’s share of virtuosic passages and singing melody (though they play much of that in electrifying parallel passages). Turku and Yang display a rich tonal beauty in this work that they must have felt necessary to stiffen somewhat to accommodate the urgent declamation of Kodály’s Duo. Turku and Yang also adapt themselves effectively to the selections from Reinhold Glière’s Huit morceaux , which return to a darker coloration, supported by subtle but more traditional harmonies, piquant rhythms (in the Scherzo), and sinuous, though not ethnically-hued, melodies. Paganini’s work suggests a grander purpose than mere entertainment. He assigned singing melodies to the cello, making it a full partner rather than a mere accompanist, and Yang is commanding in the role as alternate soloist (one instrument usually accompanies). Cellist Adrien François Servais and violinist Joseph Ghys collaborated on a set of variations on God Save the King , which Paganini himself had taken as the subject for one of his wizard’s fantasies. Confronting the performers with challenging problems in ensemble, this set almost equals Paganini’s, though its demands on the individual players, by no means modest, may not.


Throughout the recital, the duo displays admirable adaptability and collaborative unanimity—and the close and detailed recording shows it. Yet, the somewhat staid effect of the last two pieces might suggest a lack of impish playfulness (as in what seems the mock melodrama of the last variation of God Save the King .) Recommended, therefore, for the overall effect.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Piano), Rudens Turku (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Hungary 
2.
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 124 by Justus J. F. Dotzauer
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Piano), Rudens Turku (Violin)
3.
Duetto for Violin and Cello no 1 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Piano), Rudens Turku (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
4.
Variations brillantes et concertantes on "God Save the King", Op. 38 by Adrien François Servais
Performer:  Rudens Turku (Violin), Wenn-Sinn Yang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; France 
5.
Morceaux (8) for Violin and Cello, Op. 39: Prelude by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Piano), Rudens Turku (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
6.
Morceaux (8) for Violin and Cello, Op. 39: Berceuse by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Piano), Rudens Turku (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
7.
Morceaux (8) for Violin and Cello, Op. 39: Canzonetta by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Piano), Rudens Turku (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
8.
Morceaux (8) for Violin and Cello, Op. 39: Scherzo by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Piano), Rudens Turku (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 

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