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LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Violin Music (Complete) / SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Myths / JANACEK, L: Violin Sonata (Daskalakis, Yampolsky)

Composer(s):Bauer, JerzyJanacek, LeosSzymanowski, Karol
Artist(s) Yampolsky, Miri, piano • Daskalakis, Ariadne, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570987
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The lives of the three Eastern European composers on this disc spanned almost 150 years (1854–1994), a period of dramatic historical change, political turmoil and radical developments in Western music. Janácˇek, Lutosławski and Szymanowski each left significant and very personal musical legacies, rich with inspiring melodies, harmonies and rhythms. Praised by The Strad for the “striking athleticism, musical insight, expressive embellishment and elegiac lyricism” of her playing, Boston-born violinist Ariadne Daskalakis is sensitively accompanied by the equally renowned Russian-born Israeli pianist Miri Yampolsky, her frequent recital partner.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2009

Despite the disc’s title ‘Lutosławski: Complete Music for Violin and Piano’, this is all about the great violin works from Szymanowski and Janáček. Lutosławski composed precious little for the instrument, a Partita being the only work of significance, the Recitativo e arioso and Subito being little more than shavings from the mastercraftsman’s bench. The four linked parts of the Partita, a work commissioned by Pinchas Zuckerman, opens in the composers high-impact atonality but slowly softens into lyrical passages, the final section almost tonal and passionate in its intensity, and mirrors the music of his compatriot Karol Szymanowski. He, by comparison, had been more generous in the



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