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David Nadien Plays Handel, Mozart, Saint-saens, Sarasate, Chausson

Nadien / Finclair / Feldman / Abto / Endo
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Cembal D'amour   Catalog #: 161   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelCamille Saint-SaënsPablo de SarasateErnest Chausson,   ... 
Performer:  Barry FinclairDavid NadienJonathan [Piano 1] Feldman
Conductor:  Akiro Endo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nadien admirers will find much to enjoy here, in another act of reclamation.

Cembal d’amour’s excellent series of recordings devoted to violinist David Nadien continues with an all-live affair covering the years 1974 and 1977. I’ve written about Nadien on many occasions, and invariably with admiration, and it’s appropriate that his art should be perpetuated in this way.

You must get used to a rather steely, harsh sound quality to the live set with violinist-violist Barry Finclair. I assume that these performances were taken down on cassette, though I could be wrong, and it would be a mistake to give the impression that there is anything ingratiating in the sound: warm it is not. So, whilst it imparts a
Read more rather torrid aural perspective it does catch clarity. The disc starts with that old stand-by, the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia, first recorded on an acoustic disc by Sammons and Tertis, and their later electric version is still the greatest ever committed to disc. Nadien and Finclair incline rather more to Heifetz and Primrose than the English players - and nor do they seek to replicate the smaller scaled playing of Eddy Brown and Milton Katims in their 78. Do they interpolate some registral emendations of their own, toward the end?

The Mozart Duo performance comes from the same recital and is assured, muscular, direct playing of no little technical command. The second movement Allegro is especially extrovert and there’s a lithe control to the slow movement, as well as good phrasing in the variations of the penultimate movement. The only demerit, once again, is the chilliness of the recording. Sarasate’s Navarra sees Finclair reach for his violin, and the duo proceeds to unleash a tremendously communicative account both tonally vibrant and technically adroit. Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is elegant and dashing in equal amounts and pianist Jonathan Feldman proves assured support, as he did in Navarra.

The performance of Chausson’s Poème was given in April 1977 with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra conducted by Akiro Endo. There’s an increased quotient of hiss but it doesn’t disturb appreciation of Nadien’s quicksilver instincts or of the sheer intensity of his playing, the only drawback of which is, in certain passages, his slightly too quick vibrato.

Nadien admirers will find much to enjoy here, in another act of reclamation.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for keyboard in G minor, HWV 432: Passacaglia by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Barry Finclair (Violin), David Nadien (Violin), Barry Finclair (Viola)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1705-1707 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1977 
Venue:  L'Ensemble, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  David Nadien (Violin), Jonathan [Piano 1] Feldman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1977 
Venue:  L'Ensemble, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Navarra for 2 Violins and Piano, Op. 33 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Barry Finclair (Viola), Barry Finclair (Violin), Jonathan [Piano 1] Feldman (Piano),
David Nadien (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1977 
Venue:  L'Ensemble, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Poème for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  David Nadien (Violin)
Conductor:  Akiro Endo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1974 
Venue:  New York 
Length: 16 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Duo for Violin and Viola no 2 in B major, K 424 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Finclair (Viola), Barry Finclair (Violin), David Nadien (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1977 
Venue:  L'Ensemble, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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