Magazine article Gramophone

Wolpe: 'Music for Violin and Piano (1924-1966)'

Magazine article Gramophone

Wolpe: 'Music for Violin and Piano (1924-1966)'

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Wolpe 'Music for Violin and Piano (1924-1966)' Violin Sonatas - No 1; No 2 (fragment). Duo for Two Violins, Op 2. Two Studies for Two Violins and Piano. Piece in Two Parts for Violin Alone. Second Piece for Violin Alone Movses Pogossian, Varty Manouelian vns Susan Grace pf Bridge [F] BRIDGE9452 (68' * DDD)

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Bridge Records has been making its way through the music of Stefan Wolpe (1901-72) with discs devoted to chamber, piano and vocal works. In Vol 7, Movses Pogossian is the intrepid and probing soloist in Wolpe's violin repertoire, with occasional assistance from two expert colleagues, violinist Varty Manouelian and pianist Susan Grace. The journey provides an overview of the composer's style from young maverick in 1924 to established master in 1966.

The disc begins and ends in the 1960s, providing a framework to discern how Wolpe's inquiring art developed over four decades. In the brief Second Piece for Violin Alone (1966), the soloist travels a vast range of ideas, from spiky and poetic to enigmatic. …

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