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Stravinsky - Music for Violin, Vol.2

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Performer Ilya Gringolts
Peter Laul
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2275 SACD
EAN 7318599922751
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2018
Total time 76'24

The relationship between Igor Stravinsky and the violin didn't get off to a promising start: early on in his career the composer stated that he was not fond of stringed instruments, finding them ‘rich in cheap expressivity’. He was also suspicious of virtuoso interpreters – among which violinists were particularly numerous&&& – and their tendency to ‘seek immediate triumphs and to lend themselves to the wishes of the public’. Nevertheless there are in Stravinsky's oeuvre a number of works featuring a solo violin, all of which have now been recorded by his compatriot Ilya Gringolts.
The focus of the preceding volume was on the works for violin and piano, most of them Stravinsky's arrangements of his own music for the stage, and Gringolts and pianist Peter Laul were praised for their performances, for instance in Fanfare: ‘The Russian duo has discovered – and created – new freshness in the sound of Stravinsky's music for the instrument. Urgently recommended.’ On the present disc, Gringolts combines duos – again in the company of Laul – with other genres, including Stravinsky's most famous work for the violin: his Violin Concerto from 1931. In the concerto, as in the extract for solo violin and strings from the ballet Apollon musagète, Gringolts is supported by Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk.
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  Igor Stravinsky
01 Pastorale, for violin and four wind instruments 2'55
02 Ballad, from The Fairy’s Kiss 3'06
  Suite italienne, from Pulcinella 16'25
03 Introduzione. Allegro moderato 2'08
04 Serenata. Larghetto 2'48
05 Tarantella. Vivace 2'02
06 Gavotta con due Variazioni 3'39
07 Scherzino. Presto alla breve 1'25
08 Minuetto e Finale. Moderato – Molto vivace 4'23
  Divertimento, from The Fairy's Kiss 19'37
09 I. Sinfonia. Andante 5'59
10 II. Danses suisses. Tempo giusto 4'31
11 III. Scherzo. Allegretto grazioso 2'50
12 IVa. Pas de deux. Adagio 2'52
13 IVb. Variation. Allegretto grazioso 1'18
14 IVc. Coda. Presto 2'07
  From Apollon musagète, for solo violin and strings
15 Variation d’Apollon (Apollon et les muses) 3'00
  Violin Concerto in D 21'02
16 I. Toccata 5'38
17 II. Aria I 4'07
18 III. Aria II 5'04
19 IV. Capriccio 6'13
  Élégie for solo violin
20 Élégie for solo violin 5'14
21 Tango (arr. by Samuel Dushkin) 2'01
  Album total 76'24
ViolinGringolts, Ilya
OboeHill, Casey
ClarinetFerrer, Juan
Cor anglaisMacLeod, Scott
BassoonHarriswangler, Steve
ComposerStravinsky, Igor
PianoLaul, Peter
StringsOrquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
OrchestraOrquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
ConductorSlobodeniouk, Dima

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