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Stravinsky - Music for Violin, Vol.1

Catalogue numberBIS-2245 SACD
Release date2017-06-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time60:48

In his autobiography, Igor Stravinsky wrote of his not having had any ‘great liking’ for the combination of strings and piano. That there nevertheless are a number of chamber works by him featuring the violin is to a large extent due to the violinist Samuel Dushkin. The two were introduced to each other by Stravinsky’s German music publisher who wanted to persuade him to compose a violin concerto. They obviously hit it off: their collaboration continued after the concerto had come into being in 1931, and they devised a recital programme to perform together on tours.

The centrepiece was Duo concertant which Stravinsky completed in 1932 as his only original composition for violin and piano. Rather than looking for common ground between the two instruments, Stravinsky aimed to emphasize their individuality in a work that he himself claimed was ‘determined by my love of the pastoral poets of antiquity and their scholarly art and technique’. The other pieces on this disc are, with one exception, arrangements of Stravinsky’s own works including The Firebird, Petrushka and Le rossignol. The majority were made for and in collaboration with Dushkin, but a few come from the 1920s and were intended for the violinist Paul Kochanski.

One of these is the Suite for violin and piano, arranged from the ballet Pulcinella – material that Stravinsky revisited in the 1930s in order to make a new version for Dushkin. (The resulting Suite italienne will appear on the second and last volume of Stravinsky’s music for violin, together with the violin concerto and other works.) With this programme, and in the company of the eminent Russian pianist Peter Laul, the highly virtuosic and temperamental violinist Ilya Gringolts makes his return to BIS, the label for which he made his début recording in 1999.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Stravinsky, Igor
01 Pastorale 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
  from L’oiseau de feu 10:38
02 Prélude et Ronde des princesses 05:10 $ 1.24 USD
03 Berceuse 02:51 $ 0.68 USD
04 Scherzo 02:37 $ 0.63 USD
  from Mavra
05 Chanson russe (Russian Maiden’s Song) 03:33 $ 0.85 USD
  from Petrushka
06 Danse russe 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
  Suite for Violin and Piano 15:26
07 Introductione 02:05 $ 0.50 USD
08 Serenata 02:55 $ 0.70 USD
09 Tarantella 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
10 Gavotta con due variazioni 04:07 $ 0.99 USD
11 Minuetto e Finale 04:27 $ 1.07 USD
  Duo concertant 15:32
12 1. Cantilène 02:55 $ 0.70 USD
13 2. Eglogue I 02:24 $ 0.58 USD
14 3. Eglogue II 03:03 $ 0.73 USD
15 4. Gigue 04:27 $ 1.07 USD
16 5. Dithyrambe 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
  from Le rossignol 08:22
17 Airs du rossignol 05:10 $ 1.24 USD
18 Marche chinoise 03:12 $ 0.77 USD
  Composer: Rouget de Lisle, Claude-Joseph
19 La Marseillaise for violin solo 01:33 $ 0.37 USD
  Album total 60:48
ComposerRouget de Lisle, Claude-Joseph
Stravinsky, Igor
PianoLaul, Peter
ViolinGringolts, Ilya
ArrangerStravinsky, Igor

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