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Beautifully performed by Daniel Rowland and Natacha Kudritskaya…..Their musical approach is delicious…..

Enescu Works For Violin And Piano On Champs Hill Records - Rowland Kudritskaya Duo

Music Frames, Mattie Poels

George Enescu Works for Violin and Piano
Rowland Kudritskaya Duo

The Romanian composer George Enescu (1881/1955) wrote a lot of chamber music including works for violin and piano. His imaginative compositions are beautifully performed here by the Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland and the pianist Natacha Kudritskaya from the Ukraine.

George Enescu was a Romanian violinist, composer, conductor and teacher (educated the young violinist Yehudi Menuhin) who studied by Jules Massenet and Gabriel Fauré in Vienna and later Paris. His compositions show characteristics of the Late Romantic style, the French music from the early 20th century, with its frequent use of chromatics and Romanian folk music, which you hear in the ‘Violin Sonata No 3 in A-Minor Op. 25‘, the opening piece of this wonderful CD. The gypsy scale, Romanian themes and the way of playing show a Romanian (Gypsy) signature which is amazingly energetically and subdued.

The duo Daniel Rowland / Natacha Kudritskaya performs the compositions with energetic precision. The implementation is very accurate. Their musical approach is delicious and inextricably linked to the listener. Intimate passages also sound really pleasing and intimate while the dynamic parts are excellently energetic  and lively.

Like his youth work, the ‘Violin Sonata in F minor,opus 6′ that Enescu wrote when he was 17 years old, the last piece ‘Impressions d’Enfance’ reflects on his childhood, on the magical but also bleak side of his early years when his mother told him not to play with other children, afraid as she was that he would become sick.

The capricious composition opens with a distinctive violin solo. The piano enters in a lovely and finely played twinkling mood.

This composition reflects the uncertainty as well as the continuation of one of the most remarkable composers from Romania in the 20th century.

Loose translation of the Dutch review

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A powerful communication of the heart of the music
A masterly performance
Enescu Works For Violin And Piano On Champs Hill Records - Rowland Kudritskaya Duo
Authenticity you might expect to hear from violinists such as Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Isaac Stern
Enescu Works For Violin And Piano On Champs Hill Records - Rowland Kudritskaya Duo
Magnificent chamber music of the highest level – 5 stars
Enescu Works For Violin And Piano On Champs Hill Records - Rowland Kudritskaya Duo
Among the very finest performances of all three [Enescu] works that I have heard
Enescu Works For Violin And Piano On Champs Hill Records - Rowland Kudritskaya Duo
The remarkably close partnership between violin and piano that Rowland and Kudritskaya show in these recordings
Enescu Works For Violin And Piano On Champs Hill Records - Rowland Kudritskaya Duo
Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom, and Natacha Kudritskaya matches him every bar of the way for passion, fantasy and precision.
Enescu Works For Violin And Piano On Champs Hill Records - Rowland Kudritskaya Duo
5 Stars from BBC Music Magazine for Rowland Kudritskaya Duo's Enescu
Extraordinary praise for Rowland Kudritskaya Duo CD, Les années folles, on Dutch Radio 4
High praise from key Dutch national daily, NRC Handelsblad
Daniel Rowland and his piano playing partner Natacha Kudritskaya stand together as a guarantee of quality
An outstanding recording with sublime playing
Strong feeling and total immersion; every note had meaning and direction
Rowland and Kudritskaya demonstrated their unique musical partnership impressively, and their well-balanced interplay was not only beautiful to listen to but also exciting to watch
Daniel Rowland and Natacha Kudritskaja – Hudiksvalls Tidning

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02/07/2020