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Schubert for Two
     

Schubert for Two

by Gil Shaham, Göran Söllscher
 
Gil Shaham and Göran Söllscher play so musically together and their instruments combine so well that it makes one wish there were more duets for violin and guitar. Paganini wrote a few, and Shaham and Söllscher have already taken that repertoire out for a spin on Paganini for Two<

Overview

Gil Shaham and Göran Söllscher play so musically together and their instruments combine so well that it makes one wish there were more duets for violin and guitar. Paganini wrote a few, and Shaham and Söllscher have already taken that repertoire out for a spin on Paganini for Two. (Söllscher has also recorded Piazzolla for Two with flutist Patrick Gallois and Shaham Dvorák for Two with his sister Orli.) They're back at it on this lovely album of transcriptions, Schubert for Two, and what a gem it is. Truly, it's hard to imagine more sensitive and lyrical performances than these, and when it comes to Schubert, sensitivity and lyricism are of the essence. Sample their exquisite version of the well-known song "Ständchen" (Serenade), for instance, or the graceful bounce they give to the familiar F Minor "Moment Musicaux." They also offer elegantly stylish accounts of some of Schubert's popular dance music, including a number of waltzes and ländler, and delve into a couple of larger-scale works: the Sonata D. 384 and the "Arpeggione" Sonata. All the pieces here are arrangements (many by the guitarist), yet they sound so natural that it almost seems as if Schubert had intended the music to be heard this way. Actually, in one case he did: The set of 15 "Original Dances" are excerpted from a collection of piano music that Schubert later arranged for guitar with violin or flute. Other pieces, however, might never have crossed the composer's mind as ripe for transcription, yet with such winsome results, how could he not be pleased? The stunning finale: a virtuoso rendition of the famous "Ave Maria" for double-stopped violin and 11-string guitar. Very highly recommended.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - William Yeoman
If anything, this disc represents a totally authentic foray into Viennese salo music of the Biedermiere period -- though admitedly on modern instruments. As to the performances, Shaham and Schöllscher prove ideal partners.
Chicago Tribune - John von Rhein
Shaham and Söllscher are ideally matched both musically and sonically, with the guitar's delicacy nicely complementing the violin's warm elegance.... Shaham and Söllscher play everything beautifully and sensitively. Right now this is my favorite disc for quiet late-night listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947156826
catalogNumber:
471568
Rank:
69758

Tracks

  1. Sonatina for violin & piano in D major, D. 384 (Op. posth. 137/1)
  2. Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3)
  3. Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4
  4. Waltzes (12) for piano ("Valses Nobles"), D. 969 (Op. 77): No. 4
  5. German Dances (12) for piano (Ländler), D. 790 (Op. posth. 171): No. 3
  6. Waltzes (20) for piano ("Letzte Walzer"), D. 146 (Op. posth. 127): No. 12, Valse (Ländler)
  7. Waltzes (12) for piano ("Valses Nobles"), D. 969 (Op. 77): No. 3
  8. German Dances (16) and Ecossaises (2) for piano, D. 783 (Op. 33): German Dance No. 10
  9. Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ("Arpeggione Sonata"), D. 821
  10. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 36
  11. German Dances (16) and Ecossaises (2) for piano, D. 783 (Op. 33): German Dance No. 2
  12. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 2, Trauerwalzer
  13. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 1
  14. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 19
  15. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 20
  16. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 21
  17. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 6
  18. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 2 ("Trauerwalzer")
  19. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 3
  20. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 4
  21. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 16
  22. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 23
  23. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 7
  24. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 11
  25. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 12
  26. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 9
  27. Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9): No. 10
  28. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)

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