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"I could swear Kashkashian's viola sings words as well" -- The Strad

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listen10. Montsalvatge: Cuba dentro de un piano 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Montsalvatge: Punto de Habanera 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen20. Guastavino: Se equivoco la paloma 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Guastavino: Abismo de sed 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Guastavino: Pampamapa 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Guastavino: Bonita rama de sauce 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B000TLPW44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By tois on January 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Kashkashian's and Levin's duo, dating from the mid-70s, is a true musical partnership, observed especially in their ECM discs from Romances & Elegies for Viola & Piano (1986) onwards, including Schumann, Brahms, Hindemith, Shostakovich and others.
It is the difference between their musical approaches - Kashkashian's lyricism and love for the melodic line combined with Levin's strong interest in structure and stylistic considerations - that made this collaboration so fruitful.
In fact, this new cd demonstrates an extraordinary degree of freedom and flexibility, both rhythmically and sonically.
This time the two talented players go through different idioms in Spanish and Argentine song, re-interpreting them along the way.
Many of these songs were intended for larger groups of musicians and many were intended to have vocals, but never do you get the feeling that Kashkashian and Levin are stripping away anything that 'needed' to be there, rather the piano and the viola sing with more emotional tones than would usually be possible for a simple voice.
There is also beauty in the space provided - everything is given room to breathe, and like Satie the silence between the notes is just as important as the notes themselves.
The original pieces are from Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera, Xavier Montsalvatge and Carlos Lopz Buchardo but whether these names are familiar or not there is something deeply familiar about their works, something linked intrinsically with European folk music that is impossible to ignore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Keymer VINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
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"One of my oldest and richest visceral memories is of my father's singing voice. He sang with abandon, enthusiasm and an unashamed all-embracing love directed toward his listener, be it his children, a stone in the garden, or his students. I am sure that my first attempts at the age of nine to make my violin sound, and all further attempts up to the present, to make a sound, followed a compelling urge to join him....

So began my constant fascination with song -and the accompanying challenge of bringing a string instrument to express even a small fraction of the melodic and emotional information that a voice imbues.

Song, with or without words, is the most potent of cures. Song allows the spirit to fly in lonely exploration yet it provides the most diverse of spirits the vehicle of union.

If we are all groping in the dark towards a faintly sensed light, then anything that brings us closer to that light is a boon. When I look back on my work, and when I imagine future forms for that work, the one certainty is song."

(Kim Kashkashian, liner notes)

The viola is a lovely instrument, much neglected in classical music prior to the twentieth century. Until recent times it was primarily used to provide harmony to its lighter, higher pitched, more agile cousin, the violin. Beethoven, Mozart and Bach all preferred playing the viola when they played in ensembles and other composers, from Haydn to Benjamin Britten have played viola in ensembles. In the twentieth century, things changed for the viola, though not a lot. A small number of virtuosos --William Primrose foremost among them--and composers -Hindemith, Elliott Carter, Britten--championed the instrument, leading to a very small resurrection of this much undervalued string instrument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james d. pierce on May 13, 2012
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Asturiana Songs from spain and Argentina by Kim Kashkashian, viola; and Robert Levin, piano. one of the most musically satisfying CDs I've heard in some time. The artistry of the two soloists is simply
outstanding. They blend, they compliment, they echo, they clarify each other's themes. Kim Kashkashian's viola tone
is ravishing, and she still knows all the tricks string players use to produce variety. And Robert Levin's piano playing
is amazing. At times you almost think his piano is a wonderful classical guitarist; and another time, chimes ringing in the wind.
All of this, and still a perfect blend with the viola, each instrument dominating in turn, but neither ever overpowering the other. The composers and music are mostly new to me. After this performance, I'd certainly champion them too.
Thank you for a beautiful experience!
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The music on this disc may take several hearings to reach out and grab you. At first, I was struck by it's beauty and the intensity of the playing. After that, my appreciation grew. It is astonishing that the piano and viola can achieve this variety. Moving from the quiet and softly melodic to the disquieting, nearly frenetic - it all comes off so naturally. I loaned it to a friend who was listening to it in his car. He told me he had to pull off the road. So captivated was he. Another friend, who had seen Levin play in Eugene, OR said he was blown away by the virtuosity of Levin and Kim Kashkashian. Between us 3, we have over 6000 records in our libraries. This has become one of our 'desert island' discs.

Subtitled Songs from Spain and Argentina, it is not overly tinged with "Latin" music, although the influences are there. Some of the songs bear a slight resemblance to Schubert's Sonatas. The composers on the CD - de Falla, Ginastera and Granados are familiar to most. But the lesser known ones here, especially Catalan's Xavier Montsalvatge is a welcome revelation to me. His Canciones are exquisite. He claimed that these were influenced by the music of the West Indies.

These songs need a certain sensitivity to play, and consequently to fall under their spell. The liner notes are informative, compact and well written. Perhaps Kim articulated it best when she wrote "Song, with or without words, is the most potent of cures."

Thank you for allowing me to be enchanted by this sound world.
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