Maxim Rysanov plays Martinu
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Cat No: BIS2030
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th March 2015
WorksDuo no.2 for Violin and Viola, H331
Madrigals (3) for violin and viola, H313
Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra
Viola Sonata, H355
ArtistsMaxim Rysanov (viola)
Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin)
Katya Apekisheva (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Maxim Rysanov, one of today's leading viola players, explores Martinů’s clear fascination with the viola on this disc, opening with the Rhapsody-Concerto from 1952. In this lyrical two-movement work, Rysanov is supported by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the eminent Martinů expert Jiří Bělohlávek.
The two Duos for violin and viola which follow are slightly earlier (from 1947 and 1950, respectively). Here the young Russian violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky joins Rysanov, in two scores where exacting technical demands bring the reward of an astonishing richness in sounds and variety from such a sparse instrumentation.
Maxim Rysanov closes the disc in the company of the pianist Katya Apekisheva, performing the Viola Sonata of 1955 – like the Rhapsody-Concerto in two movements, with a tough, passionate mood that often recalls the composer's better-known cello sonatas.
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