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Dvorak, Janacek, Brahms: Works For Violin & Piano / Suwanai, Berezovsky


Release Date: 07/06/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462621  
Composer:  Antonín DvorákLeos JanácekJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Akiko SuwanaiBoris Berezovsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dvorak’s Romantic Pieces open to a brand of melodic effusion that every household would know if more violinists chose the set as regular repertory. The original was scored for two violins and viola, but the violin-and-piano version is equally effective. Akiko Suwanai plays them well, and both she and Boris Berezovsky are especially successful at sustaining the long-breathed Larghetto. Kreisler’s aromatic reworkings of four Dvorak Slavonic Dances (the first of the three actually combines the outer section of the Slavonic Dance, B83 No. 2 with the second subject of B147 No. 1) are wistfully dispatched, though the gemutlich element is rather lacking. I enjoyed Suwanai’s handling of Janacek’s quixotic Sonata rather more, and Berezovsky’s Read more contribution is very clearly articulated.

The best item by far is, in my view, Brahms’s comprehensive revision of his own E flat Clarinet/Viola Sonata which, while incorporating a good number of textual alterations, emerges as the sweetest of three options – though I miss the viola’s tonal girth in the Appassionata second movement. Suwanai’s handling of the piece is lissom and shapely, and Berezovsky offers her some strong-armed support. The concluding sequence of Brahms Hungarian Dances shows Joachim’s arrangements to be less interventionist than Kreisler’s Slavonic Dances (the harmonic ‘bed’ of Brahms’s originals is hardly altered) and the playing is both spirited and alert. You could hardly wish for a more varied programme. The sound is excellent and the interpretations, musically well thought-out, technically nimble and well groomed.

-- Gramophone [10/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1. Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin), Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
2. Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin), Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
3. Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 1 in C major, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano), Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
4. Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 1 in C major, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano), Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
5. Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano), Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
6. Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano), Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
7. Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 3 in A flat major, Polka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano), Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
8. Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 3 in A flat major, Polka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano), Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
9. Sonata for Violin and Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin), Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1921; Brno, Czech Republic 
10. Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin), Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
11. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 2 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin), Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Joachim. 
12. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 5 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin), Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Joachim. 
13. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 8 in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin), Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Joachim. 
14. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 9 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin), Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Joachim. 

Sound Samples

4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75: 1. Allegro moderato
4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75: 2. Allegro maestoso
4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75: 3. Allegro appassionato
4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75: 4. Larghetto
8 Slavonic Dances, Op.46 - Arr. Kreisler: 2. No.2 in E minor (G minor)
Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op.72, No.2 - Arr.: Kreisler
Slavonic Dance in A flat, Op.72, No.8 - Arr.: Kreisler; transposed to G.
Sonata for Violin and Piano: 1. Con moto
Sonata for Violin and Piano: 2. Ballada (Con moto)
Sonata for Violin and Piano: 3. Allegretto
Sonata for Violin and Piano: 4. Adagio
Sonata for Viola and Piano No.2 in E flat, Op.120 No.2 - Version for Violin and Piano: 1. Allegro amabile
Sonata for Viola and Piano No.2 in E flat, Op.120 No.2 - Version for Violin and Piano: 2. Appassionato, ma non troppo allegro
Sonata for Viola and Piano No.2 in E flat, Op.120 No.2 - Version for Violin and Piano: 3. Andante con moto - Allegro non troppo
Hungarian Dance No.2 in D minor - Arr.: Joachim
Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor - Arr.: Joachim
Hungarian Dance No.8 in A minor - transc. for Violin and Piano by Joseph Joachim
Hungarian Dance No.9 in E minor - Arr.: Joachim

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