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Busoni: Sonata for Piano & Violin No. 2 - Enescu: Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 3

Nurit Stark, Cédric Pescia

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Violin Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 36a  
1
I. Langsam
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
8:15
2
II. Presto
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
2:21
3
III. Andante, piuttosto grave
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
3:13
4
IV. Tema: Con moto
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
1:26
5
IV. Variation 1: Poco più andante
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
1:53
6
IV. Variation 2: Alla marcia, vivace
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
0:58
7
IV. Variation 3: Lo stesso movimento
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
0:57
8
IV. Variation 4: Andante
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
4:12
9
IV. Variation 5: Tranquillo assai
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
2:52
10
IV. Variation 6: Allegro deciso, un poco maestoso
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
1:26
11
IV. Coda: Più lento
Ferruccio Busoni; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
2:50
Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25 "Dans le caractère populaire roumain"  
12
I. Moderato malinconico
George Enescu; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
8:58
13
II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso
George Enescu; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
8:35
14
III. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso
George Enescu; Nurit Stark; Cédric Pescia
7:45
Total Playing Time    55:41
"... Stark and Pescia make a fine job of Busoni's masterly and extremely expansive Second Sonata, a work that's far more grounded in the worlds of Beethoven and Brahms with Bach providing the theme for the variations second movement."
- Gramophone

"... at the top of the list for clear, detailed, if somewhat recessed, sound whose balance gives each artist her/his due and packing a wallop at climactic moments ... separately or together, one looks forward to more by these fresh, vibrant artists. In sum, superb. Highest recommendation."
- Fanfare

Pianist Cédric Pescia is joined by violinist Nurit Stark, making her recording debut, on a pair of sonatas by two truly innovative composers whose music is worthy of rediscovery. For both Busoni and Enescu, their success and popularity as performers proved to be a hindrance to their reputations as composers. Neither utilized a modern system or founded a school of composition, two key elements of interest to posterity. They were great humanist musicians and their works, magnificently singular, incontestably modern, are filled with a rich and vast sense of the past.
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