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The Violin Composition by Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926)
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67841
Recording details: March 2009
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Produced by Eric Wen
Engineered by Zvi Hirshler
Release date: March 2012
Total duration: 15 minutes 31 seconds

'Shaham and Erez deliver outstandingly committed performances, revelling in the music's virtuosity, fantasy and heightened intensity of expression' (BBC Music Magazine)

Quatre Tableaux fantastiques 'Suite No 3', Op 23
composer
1907

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Suite No 3, Op 23, entitled Quatre Tableaux fantastiques, was completed in 1907 and represents a further step towards modernist impressionism. It opens with a fluid and highly chromatic Andantino espressivo, the violin’s broad melody unfolding plangently over the piano’s dactylic chords. The theme of the second movement, as its marking Allegretto con grazia ma un pochino malinconico suggests, is sprightly though nostalgic, and envelops a central lyrical interlude. The expressive heart of the Suite No 3 is the Largo e fantastico, the searing melody poised over a relentless pedal-point, the piano’s offbeat harmonies intensifying to a sonorous climax. A lengthy piano introduction launches the rondo finale, in which a graceful, suave theme placed high in the violin’s range is contrasted by two chordal episodes, and crowned by a virtuosic coda.

from notes by Malcolm Miller © 2012

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