Poeme: The Artistry of Lydia Mordkovitch | Chandos - Classics CHAN10866X

Poeme: The Artistry of Lydia Mordkovitch


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Label: Chandos - Classics

Cat No: CHAN10866X

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th June 2015



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


Chausson, Ernest

Poeme, op.25

Dvorak, Antonin

Slavonic Dances: Series II, op.72 B147
» no.2 in E minor (arr. F Kreisler)

Elgar, Edward

Sospiri, op.70

Kroll, William

Banjo and fiddle

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Vocalise, op.34 no.14

Ravel, Maurice

Violin Sonata no.1 in A minor, op.post

Ridout, Alan

Ferdinand the bull

Rubinstein, Anton

Soirees a St Petersbourg (6), op.44
» no.1 Romance in E flat major 'The night'

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Preludes (24), op.34 (arr. for violin and piano)
» no.10 in C sharp minor
» no.15 in D flat major
» no.16 in B flat major
» no.24 in D minor

Wagner, Richard

Albumblatt (arr. A Wilhelmj for violin and piano)


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


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, Rachmaninov and Chausson, none 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 Počme – 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.

- Anton Rubinstein: Romance in E flat, Op.44 No.1
- Richard Wagner: Album Leaf
- Serge Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op.34 No.14
- Ernest Chausson: Počme, Op.25
- Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op.72 No.2
- Dmitri Shostakovich: Four Preludes
- William Kroll: Banjo and Fiddle
Marina Gusak-Grin (piano)

- Alan Ridout: Ferdinand
Gabriel Woolf (narrator), Marina Gusak-Grin (piano)

- Maurice Ravel: Sonate posthume
Clifford Benson (piano)

- Sir Edward Elgar: Sospiri, Op.70
Julian Milford (piano)

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