Jeux, Partita, Two Monologues, Duo Concertante
Title:

Jeux, Partita, Two Monologues, Duo Concertante

Composer:
Artists:

Philippe Graffin, violin

Nobuko Imai, viola
Robertas Šervenikas, conductor
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra,
Vilnius Festival Orchestra

Cat No:

AV2073

Price:

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Summary:

“I have always associated Vilnius with two things – the birthplace of the legendary Jascha Heifetz, and also a composer named Vytautas Barkauskas, whose best-known work for solo violin, Partita, I have loved since I was a teenager. When the opportunity came for me to give a concert in the Lithuanian capital, I went in search of both.” So said the enterprising violinist Philippe Graffin, whose other notable and critically acclaimed CDs for Avie include the world-premiere recording of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto (AV 0044) and the Bohemian-inspired works of Debussy, Ravel and Enescu on In the shades of forests (AV 2069). Philippe’s enquiring mind took him on a journey that led to this CD featuring works by Lithuania’s most notable living composer, including the world-premiere recording of the Duo Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, with leading Japanese violist Nobuko Imai. Barkauskas’ music is bold and atmospheric, a compelling and powerful aural experience. He says, “Music is everything for me: miracle, mysticism, celebration, profession, pleasure, and ultimately – the reason for living!”

Tracklist:

Vytautas BARKAUSKUS (b. 1931)
1. – 7. Jeux for violin and orchestra, Op. 117 (2003) dedicated to Philippe Graffin (20:51)
8. – 12. Partita for violin solo, Op. 12 (1967) (5:57)
13. – 14. Two Monologues for viola solo, Op.71 (1983/2004) dedicated to Nobuko Imai (10:16)
15. – 19. Duo Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, Op. 122 (2004) dedicated to Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara (28:29)
Total time: 65:41

Tracks 1 – 12 recorded 1 February 2003, live at National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius

Balance Engineer and Editing : Michael Omelyanchuk
Tracks 13 – 14 recorded 2004, Studio at the Netherlands Reformers Church
Tracks 15 – 19 recorded 27 June 2004, live at National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
Balance Engineer and Editing: Michael Omelyanchuk

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