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Schumann, Beethoven & Franck: Masterpieces for Violin & Piano / Darvarova, Inoue


Release Date: 01/27/2017 
Label:  Affetto Records   Catalog #: 1701  
Composer:  Clara Wieck SchumannLudwig van BeethovenCésar Franck
Performer:  Elmira DarvarovaShoko Inoue
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new release from Affetto Records features fantastic renditions of timeless masterpieces, Presented by Grammy-nominated violinist and former MET Opera concertmaster (the first and only woman to ever hold the job) Elmira Darvarova and internationally acclaimed pianist Shoko Inoue. Clara Schumann’s magnificent Three Romances Op. 22, Beethoven’s immortal “Spring” Sonata, and Cesar Franck’s universally beloved Violin Sonata in A Major are interpreted here with breathtaking excitement, immense passion and marvelous poetry. An unusually intense and deep artistic connection between the two instrumentalists brings out the multifaceted dimensions and sparkling brilliance of these eternally beautiful gems. This new release from Affetto Records features fantastic renditions of timeless masterpieces, Presented by Grammy-nominated violinist and former MET Opera concertmaster (the first and only woman to ever hold the job) Elmira Darvarova and internationally acclaimed pianist Shoko Inoue. Clara Schumann’s magnificent Three Romances Op. 22, Beethoven’s immortal “Spring” Sonata, and Cesar Franck’s universally beloved Violin Sonata in A Major are interpreted here with breathtaking excitement, immense passion and marvelous poetry. An unusually intense and deep artistic connection between the two instrumentalists brings out the multifaceted dimensions and sparkling brilliance of these eternally beautiful gems. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Romances (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22 by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Elmira Darvarova (Violin), Shoko Inoue (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Elmira Darvarova (Violin), Shoko Inoue (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Elmira Darvarova (Violin), Shoko Inoue (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A fine violin sonata recital from Vancouver Island February 3, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "This very fine violin and piano recital disc from Affetto features violinist Elmira Darvarova, who I know from her excellent Vernon Duke Violin Concerto disc from 2014, and pianist Shoko Inoue, who makes her home in my neck of the wooks: Oak Bay, British Columbia. Their Spring Sonata by Beethoven is very good: Inoue provides a solid basis for Darvarova to launch Beethoven's flights of fancy, but with enough rhythmic flexibility to keep things interesting. The violin tone is full but not placed too forward to ruin the special balance between instruments that Beethoven worked so hard to present. Their Franck Violin Sonata, one of the great works of the genre, is presented very much as a classical work, and I feel the loss of some of the passion Franck put into this music. I appreciate the desire to keep things from boiling over, but perhaps the heat isn't turned up quite high enough here. I have no qualms at all, though, with this version of Clara Schumann's 3 Romances, op. 22. This is Romantic music full of powerful emotions, tinged with sadness but bounded by Schumann's determination to live her very difficult life with dignity and good humour. Darvarova and Inoue's presentation of their well-chosen programme is warm and elegant and the Victoria-based studio recording is lifelike if a bit distant. This is from 2013, and the disc appeared since then at CDBaby, but it will be re-released on January 17, 2017. Watch for it!" Report Abuse
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