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Sister Act

Magazine article Strings

Sister Act

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Duo Gazzana bring Baroque charm to modern works for violin and piano


Poulenc, Walton, Dallapiccola, Schnittke, Sflvestrov. Natascia Gazzana, violin; Raffaelta Gazzana, piano (ECM New Series)

Sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana really shine in the first recording of Valentin Silvestrov's remarkably beautiful, fragile "Hommage à J.S.B.," written in 2010 for violinist Gidon Kremer. These siblings, both born in Sora, near Rome, also lavish the full Duo Gazzana treatment on Alfred Schnittke's "Suite in the Old Style," Poulenc's "Violin Sonata," and Luigi Dallapiccola's "Tartiniana seconda," and do their best for William Walton's youthful "Toccata."

Silvestrov's five unforgettable minutes recall fleeting, bittersweet memories, including the Chaconne in D minor and recitatives from the passions and cantatas. …

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