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Maria Bachmann - Kiss On Wood / Klibonoff


Release Date: 08/30/1998 
Label:  Catalyst   Catalog #: 62668   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  James MacMillanAlfred SchnittkePaul DresherWilliam Bolcom,   ... 
Performer:  Maria BachmannJon KlibonoffJames Saporito
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maria Bachmann's second Catalyst recital is even more ambitious than her first ("Frätres", 12/93) and yet it exhibits the same warm, expres sive tone, easy virtuosity and winning musicianship. True, parts of James MacMillan's Kiss on Wood of 1994—a strong, somewhat Spartan dialogue that becomes progressively more serene—find Bachmann having occasional trouble sustaining the line (or so it sounds), but the music's tense character is very well captured and the players' timing seems immaculate. Total contrast is afforded by William Bolcom's Second Sonata (1938), a winsome scrapbook of a piece, alternating dreams and brutality (the movement titles tell the tale) and with a finale "In Memory of Joe Venuti" that wouldn't Read more be out of place on BBC Radio 3's "Jazz Record Requests". Here Bachmann weaves a cool, Grappelli-style line, whereas her sensitive handling of Copland's smokey Nocturne (1928)—so memorably recorded years ago by Louis Kaufman—makes a strong case for an atmospheric morceau other violinists might do well to investigate.

Schnittke of course keeps both players on their toes: his largely playful First Sonata (1963) flirts with atonalism ("a tonal world with atonal highways", to quote the composer himself) and turns grandly solemn for a Largo that recalls the parallel movement in Shostakovich's Second Piano Trio. Then there is Paul Dresher, whose transcontinental eclecticism makes for an interesting marriage between Western and south-east Asian musical styles. Double Ikat—Part Two for violin, piano and percussion (1988-90) is fitfully animated and dies to a wailing, curvaceous solo line backed by simple piano chords, a gong and sighing cymbal. It is a restful finale to a pleasing sequence of musical explorations, stylishly played, very well annotated (by Tim Page) and expertly recorded.

-- Robert Cowan, Gramophone [5/1995]


Bachmann’s sound is strong and sagely varied, her technique admirably facile and immaculate, and all of her playing is marked by intelligent musicianship.

-- Strad Magazine


Selections recorded February 22-23 and March 2-3, 1994.
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Works on This Recording

1. Kiss on Wood by James MacMillan
Performer:  Maria Bachmann (Violin), Jon Klibonoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Scotland 
Venue:  Studio A, Clinton Studios, New York, NY 
Length: 8 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Maria Bachmann (Violin), Jon Klibonoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
Venue:  Studio A, Clinton Studios, New York, NY 
Length: 18 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3. Double Ikat: Part 2 by Paul Dresher
Performer:  Jon Klibonoff (Piano), Maria Bachmann (Violin), James Saporito (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988-1990; USA 
Venue:  Studio A, Clinton Studios, New York, NY 
Length: 14 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 by William Bolcom
Performer:  Jon Klibonoff (Piano), Maria Bachmann (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
Venue:  Studio A, Clinton Studios, New York, NY 
Length: 17 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5. Pieces (2) for Violin and Piano: no 1, Nocturne by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Jon Klibonoff (Piano), Maria Bachmann (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Venue:  Studio A, Clinton Studios, New York, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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