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20th Century Violin [Import]

Janacek , Debussy , Ravel , Nielsen Audio CD
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  • Performer: Janacek, Debussy, Ravel, Nielsen
  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Classics Imports
  • ASIN: B00000DNFL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violin Sonata: I. Con Moto
2. Violin Sonata: II. Ballada: Con Moto
3. Violin Sonata: III. Allegretto
4. Violin Sonata: IV. Adagio
5. Violin Sonata: I. Allegro Vivo
6. Violin Sonata: II. Intermede: Fantasque Et Leger
7. Violin Sonata: III. Finale: Tres Anime
8. Violin Sonata: I. Allegretto
9. Violin Sonata: II. Blues: Moderato
10. Violin Sonata: III. Perpetuum Mobile: Allegro
11. Violin Sonata No. 2 Op. 35: I. Allegro
12. Violin Sonata: II. Molto Adagio
13. Violin Sonata: III. Allegro Piacevole

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you could have just 1 CD September 6, 2012
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Played this every day for a week & let it be known there were to be no interruptions. The 17 minutes of the Janacek alone are life altering. The playing is lean & exquisite, never hey-look-at-me. It's about the composer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful collectio of fin de siecle violin sonatas July 24, 2003
i've loved this disc ever since i first heard it. it was stolen from me when my car was broken into in new orleans and i've been trying to find another ever since. eureka! the playing, the pieces and the sound are sublime. get it, you won't regret it. perhaps the penultimate of the recordings of the 2 french well-known sonatas coupled with 2 lesser-known by equally brilliant sonatas by janacek and nielsen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent disc - the Janacek is a discovery December 31, 2012
By jt52
This 1995 release features two stars, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Leif Andsnes, performing four violin sonatas written within just over a decade of each other.

While the Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy sonatas are very well known, I had not heard the Leos Janacek sonata before owning this CD and it is a wonderful discovery, a piece that you will absolutely want to hear if you are a classical music fan and will especially appeal to people who like Janacek works like the 1905 Piano Sonata and the two string quartets. It is in a similar style - modal themes, a Slavic touch, affecting melodies, Janacek's genius for chordal passages - and at a similar level of quality. Tetzlaff and Andsnes deliver a musical, engaged performance. I compared their performance to the Pierre Amoyal/Mikhail Rudy version on EMI and, while both are good, I do prefer Tetzlaff/Andsnes due to their greater refinement.

The sonatas by Debussy (from 1918) and Ravel (1927) are also given convincing performances. Tetzlaff and Andsnes take a lively, vivacious approach to the Debussy, a work which I consider unfinished, its final form left incomplete while the composer succumbed to a painful cancer. While this performance is excellent, I will point you to the recording by Midori and Robert MacDonald, which is a great one that reveals a different dimension of the sonata. The Ravel sonata is given a refined, excellent interpretation here. In particular, note the beautiful fading away Tetzlaff and Andsnes effect at the end of the opening Allegretto, making for a magical moment. The CD ends with the earliest work on the program, Carl Nielsen's 2nd violin sonata, dating from 1912. Leif Andsnes has long been an advocate of Nielsen, and collaborates in another effective performance.
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