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Stravinsky: Music for Violin, Vol. 1 / Gringolts, Laul


Release Date: 07/07/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2245  
Composer:  Igor StravinskyClaude-Joseph de Lisle
Performer:  Ilya GringoltsPeter Laul
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In his autobiography, Igor Stravinsky wrote of his not having had an ''great liking'' for the combination of strings and piano. That there nevertheless are a number of chamber works by him featuring the violin is to a large extent due to the violinist Samuel Dushkin. The two were introduced to each other by Stravinsky's german music publisher who wanted to persuade him to compose a violin concerto. They obviously hit it off: their collaboration continued after the concerto had come into being in 1931, and they devised a recital programme to perform together on tours. The centrepiece was Duo concertant which Stravinsky completed in 1932 as his only original composition for violin and piano. Rather than looking for common ground between the Read more two instruments, Stravinsky aimed to emphasize their individuality in a work that he himself claimed was ''determined by my love of the pastoral poets of antiquity and their scholarly art and technique''. The other pieces on this album are, with one exception, arrangements of Stravinsky's own works including The Firebird, Petrushka and Le rossignol. The majority were made for and in collaboration with Dushkin, but a few come from the 1920's and were intended for the violinist Paul Kochanski. One of these is the Suite for Violin and Piano, arranged from the ballet Pulcinella - material that Stravinsky revisited in the 1930's in order to make a new version for Dushkin. With this programme, and in the company of the eminent Russian pianist Peter Laul, the highly virtuosic and temperamental violinist Ilya Gringolts makes his return to BIS.

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REVIEW:

On this fine new BIS release, young Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts turns to music of Igor Stravinsky, featuring his two major works for violin and piano, the Duo Concertante and the Suite for Violin and Piano, among other works. All is played to perfection. Excellent, natural sonic picture. Recommended!

– Classical CD Review

This is a fabulous recital showcasing a stunning array of musical invention by the great shape-shifting composer of the 20th century. The engineers at BIS have deft hands when it comes to arranging microphones, and the presentation of the CD is especially fine with photogravure fern images on front and back. For fiddle or Stravinsky fans, this production is not to be missed.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Pastorale for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
2.
Firebird Suite: Prélude et Ronde des princesses by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
3.
Firebird Suite: Berceuse by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
4.
Firebird Suite: Scherzo by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
5.
Chanson russe for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
6.
Pétrouchka: Danse russe by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1947; Switzerland 
7.
Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922/1947; France 
8.
Duo concertant for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; France 
9.
Le rossignol: Airs du rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
10.
Le rossignol: Marche chinoise "Chinese March" by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
11.
Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin "La marseillaise" by Claude-Joseph de Lisle
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin), Peter Laul (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; France 

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