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Igor Stravinsky: Music for Violin, Vol. 2

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Peter Laul, piano
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
Dima Slobodeniuok

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The relationship between Igor Stravinsky and the violin didn’t get off to a promising start: early on in his career, the composer stated that he was not fond of stringed instruments, finding them rich in cheap expressivity. He was also suspicious of virtuoso interpreters among which violinists were particularly numerous and their tendency to ‘seek immediate triumphs and to lend themselves to the wishes of the public’. Nevertheless, there are in Stravinsky’s oeuvre a number of works featuring a solo violin, all of which have now been recorded by his compatriot Ilya Gringolts.

The focus of the preceding volume was on the works for violin and piano, most of them Stravinsky’s arrangements of his own music for the stage, and Gringolts and pianist Peter Laul were praised for their performances, for instance in Fanfare: ‘The Russian duo has discovered and created new freshness in the sound of Stravinsky’s music for the instrument. Urgently recommended.’ On the present release, Gringolts combines duos again in the company of Laul with other genres, including Stravinsky’s most famous work for the violin: his Violin Concerto from 1931. In the concerto, as in the extract for solo violin and strings from the ballet Apollon musagète, Gringolts is supported by Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk.

Track list

1.Pastorale, for violin and four wind instruments3:02
2.Ballad, from The Fairy’s Kiss3:15
3.Introduzione. Allegro moderato2:11
4.Serenata. Larghetto2:50
5.Tarantella. Vivace2:04
6.Gavotta con due Variazioni3:39
7.Scherzino. Presto alla breve1:28
8.Minuetto e Finale. Moderato – Molto vivace4:36
9.I. Sinfonia. Andante6:00
10.II. Danses suisses. Tempo giusto4:33
11.III. Scherzo. Allegretto grazioso2:52
12.IVa. Pas de deux. Adagio2:53
13.IVb. Variation. Allegretto grazioso1:18
14.IVc. Coda. Presto2:19
15.Variation d’Apollon (Apollon et les muses)3:06
16.I. Toccata5:44
17.II. Aria I4:14
18.III. Aria II5:06
19.IV. Capriccio6:28
20.Élégie for solo violin5:20
21.Tango (arr. by Samuel Dushkin)3:15

Album info

Original Release Date: June 1, 2018
Discs: 1
Label: BIS