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Lydia Mordkovitch Plays Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Volkonsky, Khandoshkin & Stravinsky


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10526   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri KabalevskyAndrey Mikhail VolkonskyIvan KhandoshkinSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Performer:  Lydia MordkovitchNicholas WalkerJulian Milford
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"To hear Lydia Mordkovitch at the peak of her interpretative powers is like being thrown back half a century when the likes of David Oistrakh, Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin held sway. She has never believed in half measures and here every note is played to its maximum expressive potential, whether it is a raging violin fortissimo or a gentle viola pizzicato. Mordkovitch’s ability to create a compelling emotional narrative from even the most uncompromising of musical gestures is immediately evident from André Volkonsky’s Viola Sonata, composed in 1955 just after he was expelled from the Moscow Conservatoire for creative ‘decadence’ and ‘formalism’. What could easily have descended into anarchic Modernism in the wrong hands Read more becomes a deeply compelling experience as Mordkovitch and her outstanding accompanist, Nicholas Walker, illuminate even the darkest of musical terrain. So, too, Kabalevsky’s violin-and-piano Improvisation, which is a far cry from the dancing outer movements of the popular Violin Concerto.

Ivan Khandoshkin (1747–1804) was one of the lone voices of Russian music at a time when most of the country’s leading composers and exponents were Western-European imports. His Solo Violin Sonata in G minor mixes Bach with the predominant Italian masters of the day to stunning effect. Mordkovitch rounds out this opulently engineered recital in style with captivating performances of Prokofiev’s five Cinderella pieces and (reissued from an earlier disc with Julian Milford) Stravinsky’s Chanson russe and Danse russe."

– Julian Haylock, The Strad [9/2009] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Improvisato for Violin and Piano, Op. 21 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin), Nicholas Walker (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Viola and Piano by Andrey Mikhail Volkonsky
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola), Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 19 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, Op. 3 no 1 by Ivan Khandoshkin
Performer:  Julian Milford (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
4. Pieces (10) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 97: Excerpt(s) by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Julian Milford (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
5. Chanson russe for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola), Julian Milford (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, Op. 3 by Ivan Khandoshkin
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin), Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1800; Russia 
Length: 25 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7. Pieces (6) from Cinderella, Op. 102: no 4, Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin), Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8. Pieces (3) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 95: no 2, Gavotte by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin), Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola), Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9. Pieces (10) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 97: no 7, Passepied by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin), Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10. Pieces (10) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 97: no 5, Winter Fairy by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin), Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola), Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
11. Cinderella, Op. 87: Mazurka by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin), Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola), Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1944; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
12. Pétrouchka: Danse russe by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Julian Milford (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Viola), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1947; Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 42 (arr. for voice and piano): Improvizatsiya, Op. 21
Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 99: I. Largo
Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 99: II. Allegretto quasi moderato
Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 99: IV. Apolalerion: A tempo di parte prima
Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 3, No. 1: I. Marcia: Maestoso
Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 3, No. 1: II. Allegro assai
Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 3, No. 1: III. Andante con variazioni
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20, BB 83: No. 1. Waltz
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20, BB 83: No. 2. Gavotte
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20, BB 83: No. 3. Passepied
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20, BB 83: No. 4. Winter Fairy
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20, BB 83: No. 5. Mazurka
Chanson russe
Danse russe

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