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Janacek, Prokofiev, Shostakovich / Gleusteen


Release Date: 11/11/2003 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 23   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos JanácekSergei ProkofievDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Cathérine OrdronneauKai Gleusteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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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
Read more 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..."
Tony Haywood, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano), Kai Gleusteen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1921; Brno, Czech Republic 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano), Kai Gleusteen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1946; USSR 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in C major, Moderato by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano), Kai Gleusteen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in G major, Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
5.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 8 in F sharp minor, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
6.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 11 in B major, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 5 in D major, Allegro vivace by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
8.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 10 in C sharp minor, Moderato non troppo by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
9.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 15 in D flat major, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
10.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 16 in B flat minor, Andantino by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
11.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 24 in D minor, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
12.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
13.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 6 in B minor, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
14.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro non troppo by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
15.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 13 in F sharp major, Moderato by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
16.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 17 in A flat major, Largo by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
17.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 18 in F minor, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
18.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 19 in E flat major, Andantino by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
19.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 21 in B flat major, Allegretto poco moderato by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 
20.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 22 in G minor, Adagio by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
21.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 20 in C minor, Allegretto furioso by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitry Mikhaylovich Tsiganov 

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