Poeme – The Artistry of Lydia Mordkovitch (2015)

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Poeme - The Artistry of Lydia Mordkovitch (2015)

Poème – The Artistry of Lydia Mordkovitch (2015)
Anton Rubinstein – Richard Wagner – Serge Rachmaninoff – Antonin Dvorak – Edward Elgar
Dmitry Shostakovich – William Kroll – Alan Ridout – Maurice Ravel – Ernest Chausson
Lydia Mordkovitch, violin; Marina Gusak-Grin, piano; Gabriel Woolf, narrator
Julian Milford, piano; Clifford Benson, piano

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Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10866X | Time: 01:17:10

This recording is a re-issue of the romantic chamber music recording that Lydia Mordkovitch made in 1989 with the pianist Marina Gusak-Grin. It featured pieces for violin by such famous composers as Wagner, Rachmaninoff, and Chausson, neither of whom played the violin or favoured it as a solo instrument.

If there were any doubts about the lyrical potential of the violin, however, this would be an album to confirm its true status as the poet among instruments. The prime example is Chausson’s Poème – a title applied to the whole collection, as the other pieces make the same point.

Two pieces complement this recording: the one movement sonata of 1897 (the Sonate posthume) by Ravel, which was both his first chamber work and his first attempt at sonata form, and Sospiri, Op. 70, Elgar’s last short piece for violin and piano. These pieces were recorded in 1989 and 1996, respectively.

One can tell that Mordkovitch is an Oistrakh pupil – indeed one of her late discs was titled as an ‘Oistrakh Tribute’. Her tone and production are, in this case, weighty and rich as is the Chandos sound. The Rubinstein is heavy with sentiment, soulful and steeped in molasses. The Wagner is unusual, being cut from the same bolt of material as the Rubinstein; perhaps a shade lighter. Both are heard in arrangements by August Wilhelmj. The Rachmaninov Vocalise sings as it should in an arrangement by that very fine cellist Leonard Rose whose role in the Brahms Double Concerto, for all its claustrophobic proximity, remains a glorious warming experience. This is one of a multitude of arrangements. I recently heard the composer’s own version for orchestra in the luxury hands of James de Preist’s Oregon orchestra in 1987 on Delos and would suggest you do too. The same disc also includes an unmissably voluptuous Second Symphony with Slav sentiment full-on; a terribly under-rated disc now otherwise forgotten.

We know the Chausson Poème better in its version with orchestra. It is the biggest piece here. Inscribed to Ysaÿe, who was also the dedicatee of the Franck Sonata and the Debussy Quartet, this is given a densely substantial reading yet one that lets the light through. This is not all about evening. The Dvořák Dance was seemingly chosen for its slow pulse, placing it neatly in company with the other pieces here. The four Shostakovich micro-miniatures inject liveliness but the brevity of these fairground grotesques does not disturb the mood. After the familiar Kroll with its feel-good flightiness and pre-echoes of Ronald Binge we have Alan Ridout’s novelty piece for solo violin and narrator – here that fine actor and BBC regular, Gabriel Woolf, whose charming Hispanicisms are piled on smile-high and cartoon-deep in Alan Ridout’s Ferdinand – the tale of a bull. The Ravel Sonate-Posthume with liner-notes by MWI’s Philip Borg-Wheeler, was the composer’s first chamber work. I was surprised by how many mature fingerprints there are in this piece; not to be dismissed as juvenilia. The Elgar Sospiri ends the disc and served as a salutary lesson to me. This later work stands at the other end of the spectrum from the soupy genre pieces of the 1890s. Written in 1914 this is no indulgence in cheap salon emotion. In fact it is not far afield from Finzi’s Introit in one direction and Ravel’s Pavane in the other. I should have known better.

Review by Rob Barnett, MusicWeb-International.com

Poeme - The Artistry of Lydia Mordkovitch (2015)

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Lydia Mordkovitch (violin)
Marina Gusak-Grin (piano)
Gabriel Woolf (narrator – Ridout)
Julian Milford (piano – Elgar)
Clifford Benson (piano – Ravel)

rec. St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London 13-15 February 1996 (Elgar)
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk 22-24 March 1994 (Ravel)
12-14 February 1989 (other works)

Tracklist:

Anton Grigor’yevich RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894)
01. Romance, Op.44 No.1 (arr. Wilhelmj) (6:02)

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
02. Album Leaf (arr. Wilhelmj) (5:26)

Serge RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)
03. Vocalise, Op.34 No.14 (arr. Leonard Rose) (6:40)

Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899)
04. Poème, Op.25 (14:14)

Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
05. Slavonic Dance, Op.72 No.2 (arr. Kreisler) (4:41)

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Four Preludes
06. 1. Moderato non troppo, Op.34 No.10 (arr. Tsïganov) (1:41)
07. 2. Allegretto, Op.34 No.15 (arr. Tsïganov) (0:50)
08. 3. Andantino, Op.34 No.16 (arr. Tsïganov) (1:03)
09. 4. Allegretto, Op.34 No.24 (arr. Tsïganov) (1:13)

William KROLL (1901-1980)
10. Banjo and Fiddle (3:08)

Alan RIDOUT (1934-1996)
11. Ferdinand (10:52)

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
12. Sonate posthume for Violin and Piano (16:11)

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
13. Sospiri, Op.70 (Adagio for Violin and Piano) (5:10)

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