Magazine article Gramophone

Enescu: Violin Sonatas

Magazine article Gramophone

Enescu: Violin Sonatas

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Enescu

Violin Sonatas--No 2, Op 6; No 3, 'dans le caractere populaire roumain', Op 25.

Impressions d'enfance, Op 28

Daniel Rowland vn Natacha Kudritskaya pf

Champs Hill (F) CHRCD120 (74' * DDD)

The piano ripples over the opening phrase of the Third Sonata, the violin gives a yearning, wavering cry and immediately we're in Enescu's world--and it's just a question of how fully and deeply these performers can inhabit it. So be in no doubt, there is some stellar playing on this disc. Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom, and Natacha Kudritskaya matches him every bar of the way for passion, fantasy and precision.

They bring off the first movement of the Second Sonata in a single lyrical sweep. Kudritskaya really shines here; listen to the chiming delicacy of her solo episode from around 4'15" in the second movement. Rowland's commitment, too, is total: in the mercurial, folk-dance flare-ups of the Third Sonata he plays with such fiery intensity that the music seems to shake. …

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