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Track(s) taken from CDA67723

Duo concertant

1931/2; composed for Samuel Dushkin and first performed by him and Stravinsky in a Berlin radio concert in October 1932

Anthony Marwood (violin), Thomas Adès (piano)
Recording details: December 2008
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: February 2010
Total duration: 15 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: Violin (1918) by Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin (1878-1939)
State Russian Museum, St Petersburg / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Adès' touch with the piano parts is at once live-wire and beautifully stylish, with Marwood matching this flair for deftly characterised light and shade … the Pulcinella suite and Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss both scintillate from start to finish … the recorded sound, too, has marvellous presence' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Pulcinella, The Nightingale, the Firebird and Petrushka take on fresher, lighter, more subtle colours and timbres, all exquisitely revealed in this masterly recording from the celebrated composer and pianist Thomas Adès and his long-time collaborator, the fine violinist Anthony Marwood' (The Observer)

'This fabulous two CD-set offers so many pleasures it's hard to know where to begin … Adès handles the finger-twisting difficulties of the Duo Concertant with total aplomb, and has exactly the right incisive, luminous and chaste sound. Marwood, too, has that springy balletic quality always needed in Stravinsky, but he finds a myriad of colours to go with it: sly sentimental in the 'Chanson Russe' from Mavra, tender in the Duo. In all, it's a marvel' (The Daily Telegraph)

'It's the collective rhythmic energy and control of these players, along with their very obvious knowledge of the inner workings and details of the score, that make this such an impressive performance' (International Record Review)

'Nothing could be more invigorating than Stravinsky's music for violin and piano … Anthony Marwood finds infinite subtleties in the music's dance, while at the piano Thomas Adès is forceful without being domineering' (The Times)

'Marwood and Adès do the music every justice, bringing to their playing a sharp sense of rhythm and attack' (The Sunday Times)

'Stravinsky makes considerable understated demands on his violinist, with frequent quantities of double stops, which Marwood dispatches with great style' (The Strad)
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