Duo Sessions: Kodaly, Schulhoff, Ravel, Halvorsen
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Cat No: C902161A
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th September 2016
WorksPassacaglia in G minor for violin and cello (after Handel)
Duo for violin and cello, op.7
Sonata for violin and cello
Duo for violin and cello
ArtistsJulia Fischer (violin)
Daniel Muller-Schott (cello)
However, the pioneering work in a distinctive violin-cello repertoire was surely written a generation earlier: Brahms’s concerto for this ‘eight-stringed giant’ of 1887. It was a performance of his work that brought Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott together on the concert platform for the first time. In fact, both artists wish this CD release to represent a record of their work together as a duo over the past ten years and more, as the pair explain in an extended conversation with Meret Forster printed in the accompanying booklet. It is already the case that performances of the Brahms Double Concerto by Fischer and Müller-Schott now almost inevitably lead the audience to expect the immortal Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia of 1894 – a demand that is gladly met. This congenial enlargement by the Norwegian violinist and composer Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) of a Passacaglia from a Handel suite for harpsichord exists in various pairings of violin, viola and cello. It accentuates the infectious vigour of the original in a remarkably clever manner by its highly challenging but idiomatic transposition to two quite differently characterized and mutually supportive instruments.
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