One of the most grown-up review sites around


2019
51,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider

TROUBADISC

colourful imaginative harmony
Renate Eggebrecht violin


Leticia Gómez-Tagle
Chopin, Liszt, Scarlatti


Bax Piano Music


Guillaume LEKEU


Book 1 Book 2 Book3
Mota The Triptych: -Website



Acte Prealable returns
with New Releases


Superior performance


Shostakovich 6&7 Nelsons
Notable


Verdi Requiem Thielemann


Marianna Henriksson
An outstanding recital


Arnold Bax
Be converted


this terrific disc


John Buckley
one of my major discoveries


François-Xavier Roth
A game-changing Mahler 3

........................................

Bryden Thomson


Symphonies


Vaughan Williams Concertos


RVW Orchestral

 


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Reflets
Georgi CATOIRE (1861-1926)
Violin Sonata No.1 in B minor, Op.15 (pub 1904) [28:36]
Pyotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op.34 (1877) [8:54]
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Deux Morceux de salon, Op.6 (1893) [5:19 + 4:52]
Lili BOULANGER (1893-1918)
Deux Morceaux: Nocturne and Cortège (1911/14) [2:43 + 1:36]
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Romance in B flat major, Op.28 (1883) [5:25]
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
Violin Sonata in G major (1923-27) [16:42]
Feodor Rudin (violin)
Florian Noack (piano)
rec. 2017, Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal
ARS PRODUKTION SACD 38235 [74:38]

Interrelationships and common traditions set the agenda for this Franco-Russian programme from violinist Fedor Rudin, the grandson of Edison Denisov. As a product of Russian training but also French instruction – prominently Zakhar Bron and Pierre Amoyal - Rudin is well placed to explore the two musical languages.

Two sonatas begin and end the recital. In between, levels of reflection and refraction operate – most obviously Fauré being Ravel’s composition and Lili Boulanger’s piano teacher. He and his fine colleague Florian Noack start with Catoire’s Op.15 Sonata, vesting it with flexible expression and a good quotient of necessary passionate intensity. Whilst they hardly challenge that great 1952 recording by Oistrakh and Goldenweiser in terms of tonal and human richness, they do take the central Barcarolle at a more briskly flowing tempo - convincingly so in fact. Whilst less opulent than the Russian duo they are delicate, and aware of the music’s inherent songful qualities.

The Ravel too receives a reading of superior musical discretion. The Blues pizzicati are not overdone, but they’re not decorous either, and once more fine tempo decisions are taken, the music’s ethos being well-judged. Rudin’s many years in France have perhaps enabled him to absorb the stylised character of the work.

It’s often more the case that one encounters Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo in its guise for violin and orchestra. The violin and piano version is, however, the original and it’s played with crisp rhythm and good balance. Similarly, the two Rachmaninov pieces, which date from 1893, and are somewhat uncharacteristic, and don’t especially presage his maturity to come, make a well-matched team: the reflective lyricism of the Romance fitting well against the fiery stylised bravura of the Danse Hongrois. Cleverly the Rachmaninov Deux Morceaux are balanced by those of Lili Boulanger, the Nocturne as reflective as Rachmaninov’s Romance and the Cortège almost as dynamic as the Russian’s Dance. Fauré is represented by a charming and stylistically apt reading of his Romance, Op.28.

The music here spans the half-century between 1877 and 1927. With a good church acoustic (never swimmy, however) and pertinent notes this is an attractive proposition. Commercially the presence of the Ravel may count against it, because of the work’s relative ubiquity, but the programming makes sense with it and the performances are poised and refreshing.

Jonathan Woolf

 

 



We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount



Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger