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Shostakovich: The Two Violin Sonatas & Rare Chamber Works

Sasha Rozhdestvensky, Jeremy Menuhin, Mookie Lee-Menuhin, Ilona Domnich, Alexandra Sherman

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Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134  
1
I. Andante
Dmitri Shostakovich; Sasha Rozhdestvensky; Jeremy Menuhin
10:48
2
II. Allegretto
Dmitri Shostakovich; Sasha Rozhdestvensky; Jeremy Menuhin
6:36
3
III. Largo - Andante
Dmitri Shostakovich; Sasha Rozhdestvensky; Jeremy Menuhin
15:12
4
Unfinished Sonata for Violin and Piano
Dmitri Shostakovich; Sasha Rozhdestvensky; Jeremy Menuhin
5:03
String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83  
5
II. Andantino (arr. by D. Tsyganov for Violin and Piano)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Dmitri Tsyganov; Sasha Rozhdestvensky; Jeremy Menuhin
6:50
Symphony of Psalms (arr. by D. Shostakovich for two Pianos)  
6
Part I
Igor Stravinsky; Dmitry Shostakovich; Jeremy Menuhin; Mookie Lee-Menuhin
3:04
7
Part II
Igor Stravinsky; Dmitry Shostakovich; Jeremy Menuhin; Mookie Lee-Menuhin
6:07
8
Part III
Igor Stravinsky; Dmitry Shostakovich; Jeremy Menuhin; Mookie Lee-Menuhin
10:04
La Serenata – A Walachian Legend  
9
Andante con moto (transcr. for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Violin & Piano by D. Shostakovich, 1972)
Gaetano Braga; Dmitry Shostakovich; Ilona Domnich; Alexandra Sherman; Sasha Rozhdestvensky; Jeremy Menuhin
5:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    68:52
"... (Jeremy Menuhin is) unfailingly lyrical, exemplary, exquisitely polished, yet directly expressive ..."
- The New York Times

"... warmly recorded ... Rozhdestvensky and Menuhin are alive to the elusive principal characters of (the 1968 Sonata's) three movements ... distinguished and moving ... should be of outstanding interest to Shostakovich lovers."
- Gramophone

Violinist Sasha Rozhdestvensky and pianist Jeremy Menuhin come together on this fascinating Shostakovich recording, featuring the composer's Unfinished Sonata for Violin and Piano from 1945 and his 1968 Violin Sonata, Op. 134. With the exception of the finished sonata, the entire album contains world premieres, notably the Unfinished Sonata which includes an extra 28 bars of a development section found in Shostakovich’s original manuscript, which doesn’t appear in the published score. The work is completed by an 11 bar coda written by the violinist's father, conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – First Hand Records Studio Masters

96 kHz / 24-bit recording and mastering
Recorded at Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey, UK, 8-9 January (1-5), 10 January (6-8) & 11 January 2015 (9)
Recorded by K&A Productions Ltd.
Producer: Andrew Walton
Engineer: Debs Spanton
Artwork by David Murphy (FHR)

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