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Live
     

Live

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by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
 
Simply titled Live, this disc is the maiden voyage of violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's do-it-yourself label, NSS Music, available exclusively through her website at www.nssmusic.com. It is an unusually direct representation of Salerno-Sonnenberg's live duo recitals given at Merkin Hall in New York in April 2004 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, an

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Simply titled Live, this disc is the maiden voyage of violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's do-it-yourself label, NSS Music, available exclusively through her website at www.nssmusic.com. It is an unusually direct representation of Salerno-Sonnenberg's live duo recitals given at Merkin Hall in New York in April 2004 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, an accompanist Salerno-Sonnenberg has been working with for a number of years. A casual glance at what the majors have wrought in terms of releases for Salerno-Sonnenberg leading up to this NSS Music issue makes clear that there was no room for this kind of low-key and intimate project. Nor is the program repertoire chosen here -- Beethoven's "Violin Sonata No. 7," the "Violin Sonata" of Francis Poulenc, and Franz Schubert's inexplicably obscure "Rondeau Brillante" -- on the "A" lists of any of the major labels in the manner of works to record. The result, however, is superb -- far above the average for what might normally be viewed as a "boutique" release even for a major artist. Salerno-Sonnenberg and McDermott are an electrifying combination, crackling with energy and enthusiasm, never flagging in terms of interest or inspiration. The complex series of recaps in the rather quirky Schubert work always sound fresh when they come back around, as Salerno-Sonnenberg and McDermott instinctively know how to vary them without departing too far from the music. Salerno-Sonnenberg's tone is alternately warm and inviting and violently explosive -- the whole disc keeps the listener on the edge of his/her seat, hanging on every note. Producer Karen Chester deserves praise for having such a good ear; it is customary in studio recordings to keep the soloist's playing somewhat above the accompaniment no matter what the musical cost. One cannot recall a recording heretofore where the soloist is allowed to sink into the texture beneath the accompaniment and then rise out when desired -- the give and take between the two performers is scrupulously and accurately documented with a sense of deliberation, rather than by accident, as is the case in most live recordings. The recording is so well balanced and clear the listener must feel as though "you are there." Salerno-Sonnenberg comments in her booklet note, "I would have been quite sad not to document the way we play and the influence we have had on each other." Indeed, posterity would have been poorer without such a document made, and trading in sub-par recordings of the Salerno-Sonnenberg/McDermott duo would have become the rule, rather than the exception. Thank you, Nadja, for relieving the future of that responsibility through the publication of this sublime concert recording.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Nss Music
UPC:
0853376000125
catalogNumber:
1

Tracks

  1. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's Live: Intro

    1. Intro  (00:57)
  2. Rondo for violin & piano in B minor ("Rondeau Brillant"), D. 895 (Op. 70)  (15:24)
  3. Sonata for violin & piano, FP 119

    1. Allegro con fuoco  (07:01)
    2. Intermezzo  (06:33)
    3. Presto tragico  (06:10)
  4. Sonata for violin & piano No. 7 in C minor ("Eroica"), Op. 30/2

    1. Allegro con brio  (07:39)
    2. Adagio Cantabile  (08:56)
    3. Scherzo Allegro - Trio - Allegro  (02:53)
    4. Finale - Allegro  (05:41)
  5. Midnight Bells, for violin & piano (after Im Chambre séparée from Heuberger's "Der Opernball")  (03:47)
  6. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016: 4th Movement

    1. 4th Movement  (03:42)
  7. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's Live: Outtakes

    1. Outtakes  (01:37)

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Live 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got this CD and the music is sublime.Starting with Schubert right to the encores.The music is very expressive,nostalagical and magical.Poulenc composition is great you can feel the sadness of the instruments and it lifts you up again as a listener you cant help but be mesmerised,Beethoven Sonata no.7 is a great.The CD ends with kreisler and Bach encores.I really enjoy this music as it is live and captures the authenticity of a live recording even though its evident that it was edited very nicely I must say with one audience member saying "Jesus!" and audience being asked to cough a little.Ofcuorse all this is the out-takes just before the CD closes.The sound is excellent 'top notch' they say.I love chamber music especially these two performers with a wild,luch and very lyrical expressive tempos.I wish they could record another CD live.