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White Nights - Viola Music From St. Petersburg / Masurenko, Ishay

Masurenko,Tatjana / Ishay / Shostakovich / Glinka
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 10029   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichMikhail GlinkaAlexander GlazunovIgor Stravinsky,   ... 
Performer:  Roglit IshayTatiana Masurenko
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


If I had to offer a recording that would make a case for equality of the viola as a solo instrument with the violin or cello, this recital from Tatjana Masurenko and Roglit Ishay would be a sure bet. From the very beginning you’re drawn in by the warm ambience of the recording that allows the vibrant, singing tone of Masurenko’s instrument to clearly, naturally resonate in an ideal, complementary space. And the playing, well, it’s a rare display of an artist who is completely at one with her instrument—the technique so facile, the legato truly seamless, the phrases harmonious with the breath and heartbeat. And interpretively, it would be impossible to imagine expression more intimately bound to and
Read more arising from the music itself. Of course, all of this springs from the music, all of it first-rate and making a cohesive yet varied program. Highlights include the arrangements of seven of Shostakovich’s Preludes Op. 34 (originally for piano)—Masurenko and Ishay really “get” the style and character of each selection and make them all sound as if written for this combination—along with Stravinsky’s muted, mysterious Elegy for viola solo, his “Russian Song” from the opera Mavra, Glazunov’s lovely Elegy Op. 44, and the wild spiccato of the “Dance of the Buffoons” from Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Snow Maiden. This is wonderful stuff—irresistible and eminently repeatable! (One irritation, however: why are there no track numbers, and why are tracks only listed on the outside cover of the CD?)

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 10 in C sharp minor, Moderato non troppo by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Roglit Ishay (Piano), Tatiana Masurenko (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
2.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 14 in E flat minor, Adagio by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 15 in D flat major, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 16 in B flat minor, Andantino by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Roglit Ishay (Piano), Tatiana Masurenko (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
5.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 17 in A flat major, Largo by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
6.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 18 in F minor, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 24 in D minor, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
8.
Sonata for Viola and Piano in D minor by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1828; Russia 
9.
Elégie for Viola and Piano in G minor, Op. 44 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
10.
Elégie for Viola solo by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
11.
Mavra: Russian Song by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
13.
Snow Maiden: Suite - Dance of the Tumblers by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko (Viola), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1895; Russia 
14.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Roglit Ishay (Piano), Tatiana Masurenko (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 

Sound Samples

24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. E. Strachov): No. 10 in C sharp minor
24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. E. Strachov): No. 14 in E flat minor
24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. E. Strachov): No. 15 in D flat major
24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. E. Strachov): No. 16 in B flat minor
24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. E. Strachov): No. 17 in A flat major
24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. E. Strachov): No. 18 in F minor
24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. E. Strachov): No. 24 in D minor
Viola Sonata in D minor (completed by V. Borisovsky and W. Michel): I. Allegro
Viola Sonata in D minor (completed by V. Borisovsky and W. Michel): II. Andante
Elegie in G minor, Op. 44
Elegie
Mavra: Russian Maiden's Song, "Parasha's Aria" (arr. K. Oznobishev)
Sadko: Song of the Indian Guest (arr. V. Borisovsky): Sadko: Song of the Indian Guest (arr. V. Borisovsky)
The Snow Maiden (arr. E. Strachov): The Snow Maiden: Dance of the Buffons (arr. E. Strachov)
6 Morceaux, Op. 51: No. 6. Valse sentimentale (arr. V. Borisovsky)

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