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Complete works for violin & piano
Isabelle van Keulen / Ronald Brautigam

Complete works for violin & piano

1 CD | O-Card | Challenge Classics | 0608917258028 | CC 72580 | 06 December 2012

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Sergej Prokofiev:
Complete works for violin and piano


Prokofiev’s works for the combination violin and piano limits itself to these few works, of which two are transcriptions by the composer himself. The Second Sonata was originally written for flute and piano, the Five Melodies are transcriptions from five songs written for the soprano Nina Koshetz in 1920. Misleading are also the opus numbers and titles of both Sonata’s: the Second Sonata in D major opus 94 had it’s premiere before the First Sonata in F minor opus 80. In 1943, in the middle of the chaos of the Second World War, Prokofiev composed the abundant Second Sonata opus 94 for flute and piano, the piece was premiered on 7th December 1943 in Moscow by flautist Nikolaj Charkovski and Swatoslaw Richter. David Oistrach was in the audience, and was so enthusiastic that he suggested Prokofiev after-wards to arrange the piece for violin and piano.

The piano part remained exactly the same, the flute part was transcribed for violin in collaboration with Oistrach. The premiere of the violin version took place on 17th June 1944. The first movement is strongly dominated by a repeated, gentle pastoral, alternated with rhythmical passages with a more martial character; the idiomatic material reminds in parts of Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony, which was composed in the same years.
The second movement is a Scherzo with a slender Trio, the following third movement is written in the shape of a Serenade in three parts: In the first part one is reminder of the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliette, the middle part is rhythmically more emphasized, only to be merged in the last part. The last movement is a Rondo, full of life and energy, and so overwhelming, that one could mistakenly take it for irony in it’s expression. This work, described by Prokofiev himself as a work in a 'gentle, flowing style', has been a favorite both with violinists and flautists, not in the least because of the contrasts between long, lyrical lines and deep feelings on one hand, dancing theme’s, humor and pathos on the other hand.

Darkness on the contrary is the main atmosphere for the First Sonata opus 80, premiered by commissionist David Oistrach, with pianist Lev Oborin. The rehearsals took place in presence of the composer, who
constantly prodded the artists to go to their limits of dynamics and expression. „Like a wind on a grave yard“, was the composer’s wish for the execution of the fast scales, con sordino, at the end of the first and last movement, to David Oistrach, who was deeply touched by the beauty and musical depth of this sonata. Prokofiev started composing his First Sonata in 1938, a time in which about 7 million Russians were locked- in in the prison camps, and another half million high society civilians were murdered. Two years previously he had returned to the Sowjet Union, he was composing non-stop and put the work on the sonata aside various times, in favor of composing several ballets, opera’s and film music; in this time he also composed the monumental piano sonata’s number 6, 7 and 8.

 

Isabelle van Keulen und Ronald Brautigam bilden seit 22 Jahren ein erfolgreiches Duo. Die fantastische Übereinstimmung der beiden Musiker spiegelt sich in ihren Interpretationen zahlreicher Konzerte und Aufnahmen wider. Die charismatische Geigerin und der ebenso versierte Pianist spielen in ihrer neuesten Produktion Violinsonaten von Sergej Prokoffief. Sie sind eng mit dem Geiger David Oistrach verbunden, er spielte die Uraufführung der ersten Sonate in Anwesenheit des Komponisten. "Wie ein Windhauch über einem Grab" beschrieb Prokoffief die Intention der Sonate, deren erster und letzter Satz zum Ende mit Dämpfer gespielt werden. Die zweite Sonate, ursprünglich für Flöte und Klavier komponiert, beeindruckte Oistrach derartig, dass er selber eine Bearbeitung für Violine durchsetzte und an dieser auch mitarbeitete. Spannende, tief gehende Musik in einer Neuaufnahme mit zwei Ausnahmekünstlern.

Prokofievs werken door Nederlands gouden duo
Isabelle van Keulen en Ronald Brautigam vormen al jarenlang Nederlands gouden duo. Op dit album voeren zij Sergei Prokofievs complete werken werken voor viool en piano uit. Prokofiev componeerde slechts drie werken voor viool en piano, waarvan er twee zijn bewerkt door hemzelf. De sonate werd oorspronkelijk geschreven voor fluit en piano, en zijn Cinq Mélodies is een arrangement van liederen. 

Isabelle van Keulen is een (alt)violiste van wereldklasse. Zij is nauw betrokken bij de uitvoering van hedendaagse muziek en heeft vele werken in haar repertoire staan. Hoewel ze veel als soliste heeft opgetreden met beroemde orkesten en dirigenten, staat bij haar kamermuziek centraal.
Ronald Brautigam is een van de meest gerespecteerde musici van Nederland. Hij treedt regelmatig in binnen- en buitenland op met vooraanstaande orkesten en dirigenten. Samen verschijnen van Keulen en Brautigam regelmatig in de Wigmore Hall in Londen.

02-04-2013 CC 72580 Ronald Brautigam, Isabelle van Keulen Wigmore Hall- The Strad
01-04-2013 CC 72580 Van Keulen, Brautigam - Complete works for violin and piano - The Strad
31-03-2013 Challenge Classics wins Pizzicato's Supersonic award
26-03-2013 CC 72580 - Complete works for violin & piano - Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam - The Strad
01-03-2013 CC 72580 Complete works for violin & piano - Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam, International Record Review
01-03-2013 CC 72580 - Complete works for violin & piano - Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam - Record Review
08-02-2013 CC 72580 - Mania, van Keulen/Brautigam Prokofiev
06-02-2013 CC 72580 Van Keulen, Brautigam - klassik.com
06-02-2013 Sämtliche Werke
19-01-2013 Complete works for violin & piano/ Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam
Steve Arloff, musicweb.com
Carsten Dürer, Ensemble
Tracklisting
02-04-2013 CC 72580 Ronald Brautigam, Isabelle van Keulen Wigmore Hall- The Strad
01-04-2013 CC 72580 Van Keulen, Brautigam - Complete works for violin and piano - The Strad
31-03-2013 Challenge Classics wins Pizzicato's Supersonic award
26-03-2013 CC 72580 - Complete works for violin & piano - Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam - The Strad
01-03-2013 CC 72580 Complete works for violin & piano - Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam, International Record Review
01-03-2013 CC 72580 - Complete works for violin & piano - Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam - Record Review
08-02-2013 CC 72580 - Mania, van Keulen/Brautigam Prokofiev
06-02-2013 CC 72580 Van Keulen, Brautigam - klassik.com
06-02-2013 Sämtliche Werke
19-01-2013 Complete works for violin & piano/ Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam
Steve Arloff, musicweb.com
Carsten Dürer, Ensemble