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BERIOT, C.A. de: Duo concertants / 6 Duos caracteristiques (Sohn, Marcus)

Composer(s):Beriot, Charles Auguste de
Artist(s) Sohn, Christine, violin • Marcus, John, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570748
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Complementing the release of Bériot’s Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 8 & 9 (8.555104) and Nos. 2, 3 & 5 (8.570360), this disc presents his equally virtuosic Duos concertants for two violins whose disarming lyricism, cheerful vivacity and Classical three-movement structure mask many formidable technical challenges. Based on themes from Prince Yusupov’s once popular Ballet Espagnol, Bériot’s Six Characteristic Duos add a dash of Iberian sunshine, the two violins imitating guitars, romancing each other, marching together and even dancing a



Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2009

Charles-Auguste de Bériot was arguably the finest violinist in the early 19th century, this disc of violin duos intended to display virtuosity in a most entertaining way. They should carry the safety warning, ‘these tricks should not be attempted in your own home’, for it is music that demands virtuoso violinists with spotlessly clean intonation or it would sound absolutely ghastly. Double-stopping and chords are liberally applied to create a warm and weighty texture, and when you add them together you have the illusion of six note chords. The Duos Concertantes contains three works each of three movements and are full of easily listenable melodies, many that could have come straight from the operatic stage. They are accompanied in many



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