Elgar: The Violin Music

Elgar: The Violin Music

by Marat Bisengaliev


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Elgar: The Violin Music

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2011
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313264377
catalogNumber: 8572643-45
Rank: 259216


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

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