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Fantasy: Works for Violin and Piano by Messiaen, Schoenberg & Schubert
     

Fantasy: Works for Violin and Piano by Messiaen, Schoenberg & Schubert

by Kaoru Yamada
 
For generations of composers, the Fantasy has been a tool to express and explore musical ideas that do not necessarily fit into the mold of a more typical formal structure. This Stone Records album demonstrates just how far-reaching the "Fantasy" can be as it showcases the works of three highly diverse composers -- Oliver Messiaen, Arnold Schoenberg, and Franz

Overview

For generations of composers, the Fantasy has been a tool to express and explore musical ideas that do not necessarily fit into the mold of a more typical formal structure. This Stone Records album demonstrates just how far-reaching the "Fantasy" can be as it showcases the works of three highly diverse composers -- Oliver Messiaen, Arnold Schoenberg, and Franz Schubert -- and their "Fantasies for violin and piano." Not surprisingly, Schubert's "Fantasy" is based upon one of his many Lied (which is also included on this recording). Schoenberg's "Phantasy" is a late work demonstrating the composer's mature and vetted twelve-tone system. Messiaen's "Fantasie," by contrast, is an early work in which the composer's search for his voice can still be heard; it is presented alongside "La mort du nombre" (which includes both a soprano and tenor part) and "Theme et Variations," a work Messiaen premiered with his first wife. Though these works make up a nicely diversified program, the execution here by violinist Kaoru Yamada and pianist Sholto Kynoch are unilaterally bland. Yamada's tone is exceedingly timid and insecure. Even the clearly vocal qualities of Schubert's "Fantasy" are played with flat, almost amateurish apprehensiveness. Schoenberg's "Phantasy" lacks the direction needed to guide listeners through serial music, and Messiaen's "Fantasie" is lacking in the rhythmic vitality and huge dynamic range written into the score. Surprisingly, the high points of the album come from soprano Rhona McKail and tenor Nicky Spence, whose performances in the Messiaen and Schubert "Sie mir gegrusst" are far more musically gratifying.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2011
Label:
Stone Records
UPC:
5060192780017
catalogNumber:
80017

Tracks

  1. Sei mir gegrüsst ("O du Entriß'ne mir" ), song for voice & piano, D. 741 (Op. 20/1)
  2. Fantasia for violin & piano in C major ("Sei mir gegrüsst!"), D. 934 (Op. posth. 159)
  3. Fantasy for violin & piano, Op. 47
  4. Fantasie, for violin & piano, II/12
  5. Theme and Variations, for violin & piano, I/10
  6. La Mort du nombre, for soprano, tenor, violin & piano, I/6

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