Magazine article Gramophone

Part: 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano and for Piano Solo'

Magazine article Gramophone

Part: 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano and for Piano Solo'

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Part

'Complete Works for Violin and Piano and for Piano Solo'

Diagramme. Fratres3. Fur Alina. Fur Anna Maria (two versions). Partita. Passacaglia (a). Sonatinas--No 1; No 2. Spiegel im Spiegel (a). Ukuaru valss. Variations for the Healing of Arinushka. Vier leichte Tanzstucke

(a) Ursula Schoch vn Marcel Worms pf

Zefir (F) ZEF9641 (63' * DDD)

A number of previous recordings of Arvo Part's piano music have been released, including Ralph van Raat (Naxos, 12/11), Katarina Strom-Harg (FP Music) and Jeroen van Veen (Brilliant, 3/14). The latter's survey of the composer's complete solo piano music extends to two discs, which begs the question: how can Part's entire output for solo piano and violin be fitted on to one disc?

With a good few minutes to spare, if you happen to be violinist Ursula Schoch and pianist Marcel Worms. Clocking in at just over an hour, Part's music is presented at its most pragmatic and prosaic here. Schoch and Worms don't hang around. Seemingly incapable of playing slowly, Worms reels off Part's music with almost carefree abandon. His unfussy approach works to an extent in the early neo-classical pieces--as heard in the two Sonatinas and Vier leichte Tanzstucke --or when shaping the edgy pointillistic lines of the atonal Diagramme. …

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