Elgar: The Violin Music

Elgar: The Violin Music

by Marat Bisengaliev
     
 

The published works of Edward Elgar came virtually full circle thanks to the violin, an instrument he picked up at an early age thanks to his father. His first published work, a Romance, emerged when he was still studying the violin and his violin sonata, one of his greatest, final compositions, he was to complete following the death ofSee more details below

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The published works of Edward Elgar came virtually full circle thanks to the violin, an instrument he picked up at an early age thanks to his father. His first published work, a Romance, emerged when he was still studying the violin and his violin sonata, one of his greatest, final compositions, he was to complete following the death of his wife. In between, an abundance of music was produced. In addition to the sonata and the concerto, a host of etudes, character pieces, and salon music emerged that are all sadly neglected today. This Naxos three-disc set captures all of these works, in addition to the "Op. 20 Serenade for Strings." At the heart of this collection is violinist Marat Bisengaliev, whose playing across the more than ten years of recording it took to complete this project is wonderfully even and lustrous. The tone he generates, particularly on the G- and D-strings is alarmingly powerful and projecting, a wonderful complement to the muscularity and darkness of the concerto but also a welcome counterpart to the piano in the miniatures and sonata. His interpretation in the concerto is very fluid, imparting a great deal of rubato and tempo fluctuation that are done with thoughtful purpose and direction. Pianist Benjamin Frith offers an accompaniment that is every bit is refined and rich as Bisengaliev's playing, and the duo play together with an enjoyable sense of symmetry and cohesiveness. Both for its completeness and for the fine playing found within, this set is one worthy of adding to most any collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313264377
catalogNumber:
8572643-45
Rank:
260170

Tracks

  1. Fugue, for violin & oboe in D minor  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Camilla Bisengalieva
  2. Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  3. Allegretto (on 5 notes), for violin & piano  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  4. The Crown of India, imperial masque in 2 tableaux for alto, bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 66: Interlude  - Edward Elgar  - Hugh Blair  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  5. Reminiscences, for violin & piano in D major  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  6. Very Easy Melodious Exercises in the First Position, for violin & piano ("Easy Pieces"), Op. 22: Valse on Themes by Elgar  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith  - Christopher Polyblank
  7. Nursery Suite, for orchestra: Dreaming  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith  - W.H. Reed
  8. Polonaise, for violin & piano in D minor / F major (compiled from fragments by C. Polybank)  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  9. Petite Reine, berceuse for piano  - G. Frank Blackbourne (aka Victor Béraud)  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  10. Sospiri, adagio for violin & piano, Op. 70  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith  - Eirian Griffiths
  11. Bavarian Dances (3), for orchestra, Op. 27b: No. 1  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  12. Bavarian Dances (3), for orchestra, Op. 27b: No. 3  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  13. Sursum Corda, elévation for brass, organ, strings & 2 timpani in B flat major, Op. 11  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  14. Études caractéristiques (6), for solo violin, Op. 24  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev
  15. Adieu, for piano  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  16. Carissima, for small orchestra (or piano)  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  17. Scenes From the Bavarian Highlands, songs (6) arranged for chorus & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27a: No. 2. In Hammersbach  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  18. May Song, for piano (also for violin & piano or orchestra)  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  19. Etude caprice, for solo violin  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  20. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  21. Gavotte ("Morceau de salon"), for violin & piano in A major  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  22. La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  23. Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  24. Pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 4  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  25. Serenade, for piano  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  26. Pieces (2) ("Mot d'amour"), for violin & piano, Op. 13  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  27. Mazurka, for violin  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  28. Romance, for violin & piano (later orchestrated) in C minor, Op. 1  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  - Benjamin Frith
  29. Serenade, for strings in E minor, Op. 20  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  -  West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra  - Bundit Ungrangsee
  30. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61  - Edward Elgar  - Marat Bisengaliev  -  West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra  - Bundit Ungrangsee

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