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Violin For One / Stanislav Pronin

Milstein / Bach / Schnittke / Stanislav Pronin
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92139   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfred SchnittkeEugčne Ysa˙eSergei ProkofievJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Stanislav Pronin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carrying one's own weight as a solo violinist is not an easy feat, but Stanislav Pronin makes it seem so. This self-assured, confident violinist performs a number of classics from the solo violin repertory, and even accompanies himself on a Prokofiev sonata for two violins. His crisp, sharp bow attacks are clean and bright on Paganiniana, which is, in a sense, variations upon variations. This style of bowing comes across as a bit too precise and not fluid enough on the Ysaÿe sonata, where each note is very distinct, but Pronin's command of the music is quite exciting to listen to. A more romantic, lush sound can be heard in the first part of the Ciaccona; some might object to Bach being played so lavishly, but Pronin makes the piece Read more his own, creating his own dramatic interpretation. His fierce, attacking style returns in the second part of the piece, but his tremendous energy somehow seems to allow one to overlook the technique and admire his musicianship. Schnittke's A Paganini is an unusual work, with interesting rhythms and musical quotes here and there. The odd middle section is not the most melodic of musical passages, for it comes across rather like tuning a violin. This is no reflection on the violinist, but instead a credit to his versatility. Pronin performs both violin parts in the Prokofiev Sonata for 2 violins in C major, which is a complex work with many emotional facets. The dark, tortured feel of the Andante is created by its unusual tonality, and the contrast in moods in the Allegro concludes with enjoyable cacophony. The Commodo reveals a very different side to Pronin, which is light, sweet, and lyrical, taking the listener on an aural journey through interweaving lines. The final movement, the Allegro con brio, features bold chords and captures a sense of play, thanks to the violinist's spirit. Hopefully, Pronin will develop more dynamic contrasts over time and make choices that allow for more expressivity.

-- V. Vasan, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
A Paganini by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Stanislav Pronin (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USSR 
Venue:  Ducloux Hall, Mary Ann Heller Opera Cent 
Length: 13 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27: no 3 in D minor "Ballade" by Eugčne Ysa˙e
Performer:  Stanislav Pronin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1924; Belgium 
Venue:  Ducloux Hall, Mary Ann Heller Opera Cent 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for 2 Violins in C major, Op. 56 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Stanislav Pronin (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Paris, France 
Venue:  Ducloux Hall, Mary Ann Heller Opera Cent 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stanislav Pronin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Ducloux Hall, Mary Ann Heller Opera Cent 
Length: 14 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Paganiniana by Nathan Milstein
Performer:  Stanislav Pronin (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Ducloux Hall, Mary Ann Heller Opera Cent 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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