It's Peaceful Here - Vladimir Spivakov, Sergei Bezrodny

Release Date: 8/5/2010
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: RCA62524
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This programme offers immaculate bravura performances of a fairly wide range of encore pieces, some of which suit Spivakov admirably but others are made less completely appealing by the player's apparent determination to avoid sentiment at all costs. Thus he sets off into Elgar's Salut d'amor with gusto, where a little more lingering would have produced charm. Kreisler's Liebesfreud and Liebesleid are smartly done and the Rachmaninov song which gives the disc its title is played with a sensitive 'vocal' line and full tone, but fails to be really touching. Spivakov seems completely at home in the three Tchaikovsky pieces, the first two gently nostalgic and the Valse-scherzo quite dashing. Massenet's famous "Meditation" is beautifully phrased, with a total absence of gush (but it can sound much more luscious) and La Capricieuse is deftly thrown off. Then again in Cyril Scott's Lotus Land one feels Spivakov's ardour and this performance is quite memorable in its way. Schubert's Valse sentimentale is charmingly innocent, but undoubtedly the highlight of the recital is the set of four Romantic Pieces of Dvorak (the third particularly touching in its simplicity of lineā€”it has a quite lovely tune).

The recital ends with a curious birthday joke which Brahms played on his friend Joachim in the form of a waltz-hymn ("in Veneration of the Great Joachim") for two violins and double-bass. There is a false start (accurately mirrored here) and various mistakes and inaccurate tunings, which in performance brought angry comments from the unsuspecting violinist. Afterwards Brahms put all the 'errors' into the music parts. But to modern ears used to all kinds of 'wrong note' dissonances the joke falls a bit flat and one is left instead admiring Brahms's rather charming melody plus a few quirky additions. Throughout, Sergei Bezrodny accompanies most sympathetically; indeed at times his introductions set a more romantic mood than is then forthcoming from his partner. He is especially good in the Dvorak.

The RCA recording gives the violin striking presence, providing a fairly bright spotlight, and is certainly kind to the pianist.

-- Gramophone [5/1995]
Works on This Recording
1. Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888/1889 ; England
2. La capricieuse, Op. 17 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; England
3. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1921 ; Austria
4. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
5. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
6. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
7. Mélodie for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
8. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Russia
9. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
10. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 47: no 1, Lotus land by Cyril Scott
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; England
11. Triakontameron: no 11, Alt Wien by Leopold Godowsky
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1920 ; USA
12. Valses sentimentales (34) for Piano, D 779/Op. 50: Excerpt(s) by Franz Schubert
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Bohemia
14. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 6 in D flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
15. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 9 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
16. Hymn to the Veneration of the Great Joachim for 2 Violins and Double Bass by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
17. Songs (12), Op. 14: no 7, Believe me not by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Russia
18. Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Bohemia
19. Songs (12), Op. 14: no 7, Believe me not by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Russia
20. Hymn to the Veneration of the Great Joachim for 2 Violins and Double Bass by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
21. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 9 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
22. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 6 in D flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Vladimir Spivakov (Violin), Sergei Bezrodny (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
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