Brahms • Tchaikovsky • Gershwin • Part
Music for violin and piano
Lana Trotovsek / Simon Lane
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Meditation from Souvenir d'un lieu cher [09:26]
J. Brahms: Violin Sonata no. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
I. Allegro [08:32]
II. Adagio [03:56]
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento [02:51]
IV. Presto agitato [5:48]
A. Pärt: Fratres for violin and piano [10:15]
I. Frolov: Concert Fantasy on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess [14:26]
This is a live recording from a recital at the Wigmore Hall in June 2015 performed by Lana Trotovsek and Simon Lane. In features a violin sonata by Johannes Brahms No.3 in D minor dedicated to Brahms' friend and conductor Hans von Bülow. Tchaikovsky's Meditation from a cycle Souvenir d'un lieu cher (Memory of a dear place) was written between 23 and 25 March 1878, in Clarens, Switzerland, where Tchaikovsky wrote his Violin Concerto. It was originally intended as the slow movement of the concerto, but he realised it was too slight for a concerto, so he discarded it and wrote a Canzonetta instead. On 16 May, back in Russia, he started on a work in three parts for violin and piano (the only time he ever originally wrote for that combination of instruments. In 1880, the Méditation was published separately, and has since become well known as an independent piece.
Fratres (Brothers) for violin and piano by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt exemplifying his tintinnabuli style of composition. It is three-part music, written in 1977, without fixed instrumentation and has been described as a “mesmerising set of variations on a six-bar theme combining frantic activity and sublime stillness that encapsulates Pärt’s observation that ‘the instant and eternity are struggling within us’.”
A dazzling transcription of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess for violin and piano was arranged by violinist, composer and arranger Igor Frolov (1937-1913), a student of David Oistrakh, a former prize winner George Enescu and Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competitions and a violin proffessor at the Moscow Conservatory.