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Dvorák: Music For Violin And Piano Vol 2 / Zhou, Battersby


Release Date: 01/15/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554730   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Edmund BattersbyQian Zhou
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This second Naxos Dvorák violin and piano disc presents--in arrangements both by Dvorák and others--works that for the most part were originally composed for alternate media. Among the more interesting are Fritz Kreisler's Slavonic Dances transcriptions (Nos. 2, 10, and 16), played with energy and imagination by Qian Zhou and Edmund Battersby. The duo especially excels in the final Op. 72 dance, wonderfully projecting the music's winsome mood. Dvorák's Humoresque, Mazurek, and Songs my mother taught me are all instantly recognizable favorites, while the Ballad in D minor and Capriccio are the only two works in this collection originally composed for violin/piano duo. The Nocturne in B major is a high point of the disc, although this Read more engrossing arrangement cannot compete with the radiant beauty of the string orchestra original. Naxos' recording sets the performers at a comfortable distance, creating an ideal balance between violin and piano.

--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballad for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 15 no 1/B 139 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Edmund Battersby (Piano), Qian Zhou (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Edmund Battersby (Piano), Qian Zhou (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
3.
Mazurek for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 49/B 89 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Edmund Battersby (Piano), Qian Zhou (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Nocturne for Violin and Piano in B major, Op. 40/B 48 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Qian Zhou (Violin), Edmund Battersby (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1875-83; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 7 in G flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Qian Zhou (Violin), Edmund Battersby (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Capriccio for Violin and Piano, B 81 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Qian Zhou (Violin), Edmund Battersby (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7.
Poetic Tone Pictures for Piano, Op. 85: no 6, Sorrowful Reverie by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Qian Zhou (Violin), Edmund Battersby (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Klengel 
8.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Qian Zhou (Violin), Edmund Battersby (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
9.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Qian Zhou (Violin), Edmund Battersby (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
10.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Qian Zhou (Violin), Edmund Battersby (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
11.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145: no 8 in A flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Edmund Battersby (Piano), Qian Zhou (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 

Sound Samples

Ballad in D minor, Op. 15, No. 1
16 Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 (arr. F. Kreisler): Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 46, No. 2 (arr. F. Kreisler)
16 Slavonic Dances, Op. 72 (arr. F. Kreisler): Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72, No. 2 (arr. F. Kreisler)
16 Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 (arr. F. Kreisler): Slavonic Dance No. 16, Op. 72, No. 8 (arr. F. Kreisler)
From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68: Silent Woods, Op. 68, No. 5
Mazurek, Op. 49: Mazurek in E minor, Op. 49
Nocturne in B major, Op. 40, B. 48a: Nocturne in B major, Op. 40
8 Humoresques, Op. 101 *: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 7
7 Gipsy Melodies, Op. 55, "Zigeunerlieder" (arr. for violin and piano): Songs my mother taught me, Op. 55, No. 4
Capriccio (Rondo di Concerto): B.81
Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 85: Reverie, Op. 85, No. 6

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