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Romantic, Brilliant, Imaginative / Semenenko


Release Date: 03/16/2018 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 38242  
Composer:  Edvard GriegPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyMario Castelnuovo-TedescoNiccolò Paganini,   ... 
Performer:  Aleksey SemenenkoInna Firsova
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Violinist Aleksey Semenenko writes of this new release: “I decided to make it the central focus of this album by placing Schubert’s Fantasy in C after Paganini’s ‘I Palpiti’ Variations. After hearing him play in concert, Schubert was so impressed by Paganini’s technique and style that he wanted to write something similarly virtuosic, which eventually resulted in the Fantasy in C major. Some passages are indeed on a par with anything Paganini has written. However, Schubert adapted the music into his own symphonic style. In Schubert’s Fantasy in C, technical brilliance is always at the service of the musical idea. Furthermore, Schubert is not as interested in the individual instrumental parts as Paganini was.” In addition to the Paganini and Read more Schubert, Semenenko has included works by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. “Stunning technique and intonation, verve, wit, (and) beautiful phrasing.” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) “an unparalleled level of refined musicianship and stage presence.” (The Strad) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 8 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Aleksey Semenenko (Violin), Inna Firsova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Denmark 
2.
Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Aleksey Semenenko (Violin), Inna Firsova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
3.
Figaro Variations from Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville" by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Aleksey Semenenko (Violin), Inna Firsova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
4.
Introduction and Variations for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 13 "Di tanti palpiti" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Aleksey Semenenko (Violin), Inna Firsova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
5.
Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D 934/Op. 159 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Aleksey Semenenko (Violin), Inna Firsova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 

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