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'Deux'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Deux'

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'Deux' [G] Bartok Violin Sonata No 2, Sz76 Dohnanyi Waltz from Delibes' Coppelia Poulenc Violin Sonata Ravel Tzigane Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn Polina Leschenkopf Alpha (F) ALPHA387 (53' * DDD)

In the moments before pressing play on any new recording from Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the only thing you can be absolutely certain of is that you're about to hear something brimming with personality, individuality and panache; in fact sometimes so much personality that a quick glance at the score is in order, simply to establish exactly what the ratio of Kopatchinskaja versus composer-in-question actually is.

'Deux' is no exception to this rule, which I say with unreserved admiration, because every reading here works like a dream; no doubt in part because the three main works' Hungarian folk roots are a perfect partner to her own Moldovan folk heritage. I'm also thrilled to see the notes highlight the two female violinists connected to these works: Jelly d'Aranyi, dedicatee of both Ravel's Tzigane and Bartok's two violin sonatas, and the French prodigy-turned-adult-star Ginette Neveu, who premiered Poulenc's Violin Sonata in 1943.

The Poulenc makes for an explosive disc opener too, its every mood realised to apotheosis-esque degree: nimbly manic and scratchy-textured when first it explodes into life, followed by the slinkiest and flirtiest I've ever heard from its second, lyrical section. More pleasures await in the exquisitely tender Intermezzo, and also in what is a rollicking, often runaway ride of a Tea-for-Two finale. …

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