Notes and Editorial Reviews
"This is an enterprisingly planned recital that contains one out-and-out masterpiece, one near masterpiece and some very worthwhile ditties. The main works are, of course, the Prokofiev and Janáček sonatas...All the usual hallmarks of late Janáček are in his Sonata, and these artists are alive to its many nuances and subtleties. This music comes off best when it sounds improvised, as here, and there are many examples where the spontaneity completely wins the listener over. The lovely central ballade is one such episode, and the final adagio is most moving.
The Prokofiev needs a muscular tone, and the composer was the first to admit that the piece had a rather serious, almost severe character, especially compared to the
second sonata. This is in evidence from the very start, where the sombre mood is precisely gauged by these artists, Gleusteen’s steely tone having a suitably ‘Russian’ edge. The playing here has one thinking of the somewhat spurious programme that has been attached to the piece over the years (the struggle of the Motherland, a young girl’s lament etc), and such is the intensity of the performances that one soon forgets other players. The difficult rhythmic finale comes off superbly, with Ordronneau’s piano playing worthy of special mention.
I may have seemed dismissive of the Shostakovich prelude transcriptions above, but they do make delightful fillers, working surprisingly well for violin and piano. The wit and irony suit the move to violin, with the piano able to play much of its original material intact. The individual preludes are full of character..."
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Works on This Recording
Sonata for Violin and Piano by Leos Janácek
Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano),
Kai Gleusteen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1921; Brno, Czech Republic
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