Notes and Editorial Reviews
Josefowicz claims that when she first encountered the last movement of Bartok’s First Violin Sonata, she had never heard anything so exciting in her life. And I can honestly say that she still conveys that excitement in her playing, which is violinistic fitness personified, lithe and speedy, youthfully dynamic and ably...supported by John Novacek. The closing pages would raise the roof at any concert and although I would still incline towards Isabelle Faust in the first two movements, Josefowicz runs her close in the finale... Falla’s Suite populaire witnesses a certain finesse... Novacek’s accompaniment to “Nana” (the fourth piece) is quietly hypnotic and Philips thoughtfully provide English texts for all six songs. Josefowicz likens the
slow movement of Grieg’s Sonata to being told “an old tale in a passionate way”, a spot-on metaphor... Josefowicz is an accomplished player, always confident, invariably forceful and obviously intelligent.
-- Gramophone [7/1998]
Leila Josefowicz must be fearless: a premiere recording in her teens (from which she has just barely emerged) of the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky Concertos...and, most recently, a recital of works by composers as disparate as Falla and Messaien, Grieg and Bartók. The list of established musicians she has challenged in this latest program alone would, by itself, make most violinists tremble... Her movement from Messiaen burns with an appropriately elusive flame, and her old-fashioned sensibility in Grieg's sonata sounds as convincing in its way as Kreisler 's did in its. Finally, her reading of Bartók's sonata is ferocious—at times even allusively Magyar. And beyond all these individual excellences, her intonation remains consistently secure and her tone flawlessly beautiful on the 1739 "Ebersolt" Guarneri on which she plays.
-- Robert Maxham, FANFARE
Works on This Recording
Canciones populares espańolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Leila Josefowicz (Violin),
John Novacek (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1915; Spain
Notes: Arranged: Paul Kochanski
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