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Deux / Kopatchinskaja, Leschenko

Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 387  
Composer:  Francis PoulencLéo DelibesBéla BartókMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Patricia KopatchinskajaPolina Leschenko
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For her third album on Alpha, Patricia Kopatchinskaja is joined by a highly talented pianist whose approach to music is as extremist as hers, Polina Leschenko. Together they explore pieces that have many points in common. The Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Arányi, grandniece of Joseph Joachim, was a ‘muse’ to both Bartók and Ravel. In 1922 and 1923, she premiered the two Bartók sonatas for violin and piano and Ravel dedicated Tzigane to her. He wrote to Bartók: ‘You have convinced me to compose for our friend, who plays so fluently, a little piece whose diabolical difficulty will bring to life the Hungary of my dreams; and since it will be for
Read more violin, why don’t we call it Tzigane?’ Of course, Tzigane by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who has been playing and dancing this music since her childhood in Moldova, does not sound like salon music . . . After a much-fêted recital at Wigmore Hall in 2017, the Financial Times wrote: ‘In another life, Patricia Kopatchinskaja might have been a rock star. This is a violinist who loves taking risks . . . But the final reward was worth waiting for: a denouement of astonishing force.’



The performances brim with personality, individuality, and panache. Every reading here works like a dream; no doubt in part because the three main works’ Hungarian folk roots are a perfect partner to her own Moldovan folk heritage.

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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin), Polina Leschenko (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Coppélia: Waltz by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Polina Leschenko (Piano)
Notes: Arranged by E. Dohnányi for Piano 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2, Sz 76 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin), Polina Leschenko (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Budapest, Hungary 
Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin), Polina Leschenko (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 

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