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Eduard Grach - Russian Violin School - C. Debussy, S. S. Prokofiev, etc...

 
Eduard Grach - Russian Violin School - C. Debussy, S. S. Prokofiev, etc...-Russian Violin School-Talents of Russia
ID: RCD16212 (EAN: 4600383162126)  | 1 CD | AAD
Released in: 1995
LABEL:
Russian Compact Disc
Collection:
Talents of Russia
Subcollection:
Russian Violin School
Composers:
DEBUSSY, Claude | HONEGGER, Arthur | KODÁLY, Zoltán | PROKOFIEV, Sergey (Sergeyevich)
Interprets:
GRACH, Eduard (violin)
Other info:

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Tracklist
 
DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918) 
Sonata for Violin and Piano G moll 
1. 1 Allegro vivo5:39
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2. 2 Intermede Fantastique e Leger4:02
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3. 3 Finale. Tres anime4:16
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Performed by E. Grach, E. Malinin, 1961 
HONEGGER, Arthur (1892-1955) 
Sonatina for two Violins G dur 
4. 4 Allegro non tanto2:44
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5. 5 Andantino2:58
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6. 6 Allegro moderato2:51
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Performed by E. Grach, V. Zhuk, 1967 
KODÁLY, Zoltán (1882-1967) 
Sonata-Duet for Violin and Cello D moll Opus 7 
7. 7 Allegro serioso non troppo10:54
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8. 8 Adagio11:48
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9. 9 Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento. Presto9:42
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Performed by E. Grach, E. Alman, 1971 
PROKOFIEV, Sergey (Sergeyevich) (1891-1953) 
Sonata for two Violins C dur Opus 56 
10. 10 Andante cantabile2:54
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11. 11 Allegro3:23
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12. 12 Commodo (quasi Allegretto)4:15
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13. 13 Allegro con brio
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Performed by E. Grach, E. Grach Jr., 1985 

Review:
 

My previous, most recent encounter with Russian violinist Eduard Grach was a masculine and powerful performance of the Brahms Concerto, eloquently marshalled by concerto accompanist supreme, Kondrashin (see review RCD 16211). Those for whom biographical matters are helpful, especially in the case of musicians whose names haven’t travelled as far as they should, might read that review for some brief pointers regarding Grach. This other disc in RCD’s ‘Russian Violin School’ series is a sonata programme. We start with an occasionally ponderous and over vibrated Debussy. This is a tricky work that can trip up players who over-freight it with heightened expressive devices and lashings of vibrato. The first movement at least is all rather fraught, aggressive and un-Gallic. The very forward recording exaggerates Grach’s instincts. The second movement is ardent and taken at a good tempo but still rather too romanticised. Something odd happens in the finale where the sound spectrum recedes alarmingly. Not sure what happened there. Grach was teamed with Valentin Zhuk for the Honegger Sonatina. They were both fellow Yamplosky students and good colleagues. They play with sparkling drive but it’s all too resinous, and their well-prepared vibrato bulges are too throbbing in the context, unsettling the line. Nevertheless their tonal qualities are well matched, and the witty pizzicati of the finale are well attended to. Certainly the ensemble is first class and they just about conquer the intonational traps in the final paragraphs. It’s a fighting performance but not really in the league of the Oistrakhs, father and son, whose own performance was both faster and tonally more malleable. The Kodály Duo for violin and cello teams Grach with Evgeni Altman. There’s some succulently warm phrasing in this taxing work, some fine unison, ensemble patterns and a sure sense of the work’s architecture. It won’t efface memories of Heifetz-Piatigorsky, Suk-Navarra or Gingold-Starker but presents a warm, masculine united ensemble. Finally we turn to the Prokofiev Sonata for two violins with the violinist’s son Evgeni as partner. Once again this is a rather resinous reading, acerbic and brittle - though in the context that’s not entirely inappropriate. This strong communicative power embraces expressive eloquence and technical assurance not least in the rustic abrasions of the Commodo. It’s a big boned, raw reading and one that is again slower pretty much all round than the Oistrakhs, père et fils. Putting the sonic considerations to one side these are committed examples of Grach’s masculine playing. Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb - International


 

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