Elgar: The Violin Music

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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: 5/31/2011
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313264377
  • Catalog Number: 8572643-45
  • Sales rank: 189,927

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (46:10)
  2. 4–6 Serenade, for strings in E minor, Op. 20 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (11:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Romance, for violin & piano (later orchestrated) in C minor, Op. 1 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (5:04)
  2. 2 Mazurka, for violin - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (2:51)
  3. 3–4 Pieces (2) ("Mot d'amour"), for violin & piano, Op. 13 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (4:33)
  4. 4 Serenade, for piano - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (2:30)
  5. 5–7 Pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 4 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (9:07)
  6. 6–7 Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (7:17)
  7. 7 La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (4:21)
  8. 8 Gavotte ("Morceau de salon"), for violin & piano in A major - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (5:11)
  9. 9 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (2:53)
  10. 10 Etude caprice, for solo violin - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (3:53)
  11. 11 May Song, for piano (also for violin & piano or orchestra) - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (3:27)
  12. 12 Scenes From the Bavarian Highlands, songs (6) arranged for chorus & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27a: No. 2. In Hammersbach - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (2:51)
  13. 13 Carissima, for small orchestra (or piano) - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (3:07)
  14. 14 Adieu, for piano - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (2:52)
  15. 17–21 Études caractéristiques (6), for solo violin, Op. 24 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (11:26)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sursum Corda, elévation for brass, organ, strings & 2 timpani in B flat major, Op. 11 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (4:37)
  2. 2 Bavarian Dances (3), for orchestra, Op. 27b: No. 3 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (4:44)
  3. 3 Bavarian Dances (3), for orchestra, Op. 27b: No. 1 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (4:10)
  4. 4 Sospiri, adagio for violin & piano, Op. 70 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (4:03)
  5. 5 Petite Reine, berceuse for piano - G. Frank Blackbourne (aka Victor Béraud) & Edward Elgar (3:26)
  6. 6 Polonaise, for violin & piano in D minor / F major (compiled from fragments by C. Polybank) - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (4:40)
  7. 7 Nursery Suite, for orchestra: Dreaming - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (2:34)
  8. 8 Very Easy Melodious Exercises in the First Position, for violin & piano ("Easy Pieces"), Op. 22: Valse on Themes by Elgar - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (2:30)
  9. 9 Reminiscences, for violin & piano in D major - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (2:08)
  10. 10 The Crown of India, imperial masque in 2 tableaux for alto, bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 66: Interlude - Hugh Blair & Edward Elgar (2:15)
  11. 11 Allegretto (on 5 notes), for violin & piano - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (4:01)
  12. 14–16 Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82 - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (24:24)
  13. 15 Fugue, for violin & oboe in D minor - Edward Elgar & Marat Bisengaliev (1:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marat Bisengaliev Primary Artist
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