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Suite No 2, Op 22
composer
1906/7; dedicated to Leopold Auer

Recordings
'Achron: Complete Suites for violin and piano' (CDA67841)
Achron: Complete Suites for violin and piano
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Movement 1: En passant: Vivo e scorrendo
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Movement 2: Menuet: Allegretto aperto – Trio: Un poco meno mosso
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Movement 3: Moulin: Vivace e gajamente assai
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Movement 4: Intermezzo: Cantabile e molto dramatico
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Movement 5: Marionettes: Allegro molto e scherzando
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Suite No 2, Op 22
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The Suite No 2, Op 22, displays a remarkable advance in style and technical virtuosity, the titles suggesting a set of Romantic character pieces, written in a progressive idiom. The five movements take us from A minor to A major, via the more distant relationship of the tritone E flat in the second movement, and the more conventional E major (the dominant) and C sharp minor in the third and fourth.

A Bartók-like five-beat rhythm contributes to the first movement’s elusive, volatile character suggested in its title, En passant. Here two themes alternate, developed in instrumental interactions, the final repeat of the first idea soaring high with harmonics and pizzicato. The Menuet contrasts two phrases, the first Bach-like and highly ornamented on its reprise, the second a capricious chromatic rising sequence. The contrasting Trio introduces biting dissonances and wayward harmony, before the Menuet’s return. Helter-skelter staccato scales in the aptly titled Moulin (‘Windmill’) evoke the relentless activity implied by the title, the piano’s theme transformed through chromatic sequences. The marking Vivace e gajamente assai conveys the mood of this virtuoso display piece. The dramatic highpoint of the Suite No 2 is the poetic Intermezzo, its yearning to reach light from darkness enacted in the striving for E major from the darker C sharp minor. The violin’s initial soliloquy leads to an eloquent melody over slowly rising piano chords. It is repeated by piano alone, then, with a new descending idea, by both partners. Here the violin finally reaches E major, coming to rest before falling like a windswept leaf to a repeat of the opening soliloquy in the dark minor. The Suite ends with an exhilarating Allegro molto e scherzando in a broad ternary design introduced by trills and leaps. As the title Marionettes suggests, the violin theme is playful, developing a toccata-like texture in high registers that leads to a percussive pizzicato descent. A central section brings dazzling trills, leaps and syncopations, followed by a reprise of the main theme that leaps to stratospheric registers for the concluding climax.

from notes by Malcolm Miller © 2012

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Details for CDA67841 disc 2 track 6
En passant: Vivo e scorrendo
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-84130
Duration
1'49
Recording date
10 March 2009
Recording venue
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Recording producer
Eric Wen
Recording engineer
Zvi Hirshler
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