Stravinsky: The Works for Piano & Violin

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
As Brahms had Joachim and Britten had Rostropovich, so, too, did Igor Stravinsky have a significant relationship with a performer who inspired an abundance of music. In Stravinsky's case, it was violinist Samuel Dushkin; the two collaborated together as performers, which resulted in the arrangement of several of Stravinsky's works for violin and piano. It also yielded the masterful and surprisingly lyrical "Duo Concertante." The complete works for violin and piano fill two discs on this Newton Classics album featuring violinist Isabelle van Keulen and pianist Olli Mustonen. Equally at home playing standard repertoire as lesser-known modern works, and on the viola as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
As Brahms had Joachim and Britten had Rostropovich, so, too, did Igor Stravinsky have a significant relationship with a performer who inspired an abundance of music. In Stravinsky's case, it was violinist Samuel Dushkin; the two collaborated together as performers, which resulted in the arrangement of several of Stravinsky's works for violin and piano. It also yielded the masterful and surprisingly lyrical "Duo Concertante." The complete works for violin and piano fill two discs on this Newton Classics album featuring violinist Isabelle van Keulen and pianist Olli Mustonen. Equally at home playing standard repertoire as lesser-known modern works, and on the viola as well as the violin, van Keulen offers up some dazzling, nicely stylized performances of Stravinsky and Dushkin's collaborations. Her playing is fiery and brazen while still delivering some warm subtlety when called for in the score. The lyrical moments in Stravinsky's writing are played with a beautiful legato sound and effortless shifts. The well-known "Suite Italienne" is performed with moments of austere elegance, breathtaking beauty, and flashiness. Van Keulen and Mustonen form an exceptionally tight-knit ensemble wherein pacing, dynamics, balance, and musical intent are completely unified. Originally recorded in 1987-1988, Newton's sound on this is disc is admirably clean and simple.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • Label: Newton Classics
  • EAN: 8718247710621
  • Catalog Number: 8802062
  • Sales rank: 146,913

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Suite Italienne, for violin & piano (after Pulcinella, transcribed with Samuel Dushkin) - Igor Stravinsky & Olli Mustonen (17:24)
  2. 2 Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra: Ballad - Igor Stravinsky & Olli Mustonen (4:06)
  3. 3 Russian Dance, transcription for violin & piano (after Petrushka, with Samuel Dushkin) - Igor Stravinsky & Olli Mustonen (2:56)
  4. 4 Mavra, opera buffa in 1 act: Chanson russe - Igor Stravinsky & Olli Mustonen (3:41)
  5. 5 Pastorale, song without words for violin & piano (transcribed with Samuel Dushkin) - Igor Stravinsky & Olli Mustonen (3:23)
  6. 11–14 Divertimento, transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin (after The Fairy's Kiss) - Igor Stravinsky & Olli Mustonen (20:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1–5 Duo Concertante, for violin & piano - Olli Mustonen & Igor Stravinsky (15:07)
  2. 2 Tango, for piano - Olli Mustonen & Igor Stravinsky (2:53)
  3. 3 Elegy, for viola (or violin) solo - Olli Mustonen & Igor Stravinsky (4:17)
  4. 4 Prélude et Ronde des Princesses, transcription for violin & piano (after L'Oiseau de feu) - Olli Mustonen & Igor Stravinsky (5:58)
  5. 5 Berceuse, for violin & piano (after L'Oiseau de Feu, transcribed by Stravinsky & Dushkin) - Olli Mustonen & Igor Stravinsky (2:59)
  6. 6 Scherzo, transcribed for violin & piano (after L'oiseau de feu, with Samuel Dushkin) - Igor Stravinsky & Olli Mustonen (2:51)
  7. 7 La Marseillaise, transcription for violin solo (after Rouget de Lisle) - Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle & Igor Stravinsky (1:14)
  8. 12–13 Chants du Rossignol et Marche Chinoise, for violin & piano (transcribed with Samuel Dushkin) - Igor Stravinsky & Olli Mustonen (8:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Isabelle van Keulen Primary Artist
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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    A Useful Collection

    It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Ensconced in the south of France and in need of financial support for his extended emigre family, Stravinsky elected to embark upon an ambitious tour as one half of a violin and piano duo. His colleague, the Polish-American violinist, Samuel Dushkin had the imperious composer's complete confidence and respect. At the time (the 1930's), Stravinsky was in his early fifties, Dushkin in his early forties. Looking for suitable repetoire for their tour, it was decided to concentrate upon material drawn from sundry works of the composer. Dushkin's mastery and profound understanding of his instrument's capabilities were fundamental to the success of these transcriptions, hence the dual credit. In addition this warm collaboration produced one new work, the Duo concertant, widely regarded as one of Stravinsky's masterpieces. Newton Classics has done collectors a real service by reissuing a 2 disc set featuring violinist, Isabelle van Keulen and pianist, Olli Mustonen. Billed as the "Complete works for violin and piano", this set also includes one transcription, (Tango) by Mustonen as well as some intriguing odds and ends. At the time of these sessions, (1987-8), both van Keulen and Mustonen were in their early twenties. Throughout this collection, the performers' youthful vigor is exceeded only by their technical prowess and interpretive insights. Originally recorded in Switzerland by Philips, the tight soundstage is ideal. The liner notes make excellent reading. Recommended without reservation.

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