Violin and Piano Sonatas - Debussy, Janacek, Strauss (2019)

Strauss, Janacek, Debussy

Aitzol Iturriagagoitia, Enrique Bagaría

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Two leading artists team up and bring together a selection of violin and piano masterpieces, performed in an outstanding and insightful way. Debussy’s sonata, composed in the last years of the French composer’s life, is full of sensuosity, while Janácek’s four-movement sonata is full of nationalistic feelings and of intense fragmentary gestures. The recording closes with Richard Strauss’s monumental and overtly romantic sonata, composed by the great German composer when still in his early twenties.

We can unashamedly say that Iturriagagoitia and Bagaría give one of the finest performances of these works and we truly believe this recording is a must have!


Producer's Note from Gonzalo Noqué

Dear NativeDSD friends,

As a producer, it is actually rare to come across with performances that are artistically and technically transcendent, like those I witnessed while recording this project at the impressive Mozart Hall of the Auditorio de Zaragoza, in Spain. Both Aitzol and Enrique are superlative artists that made recording this album an inspiring event. Each of the masterpieces recorded here is a universe in itself, from the sensual world of Debussy’s sonata to the epic and overtly romantic character of Strauss’ Op. 18, through the intense and nationalistic sonata of Janácek.

From the technical and sonic perspective, this is a different approach from our previous albums: the main sound comes from two Schoeps’ MK21 with the CMC6 bodies modified by Rens Heijnis, while two Neumann U89’s (also Rens Heijnis modified) on the piano and one Coles ribbon microphone on the violin were analog summed using a custom box made by Rens Heijnis. No DXD conversion has been done in the process.


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Enrique Bagaría

Winner of the María Canals International Piano Competition (Barcelona, 2006), Enrique Bagaría was born in Barcelona in 1978 and graduated in piano from the city’s Conservatorio Municipal. During his undergraduate years he also spent some time at the École Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris. He went on to postgraduate studies at Barcelona’s Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu, under the supervision of Stanislav Pochekin, and then at Madrid’s Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, where he worked with Dmitry Bashkirov, Claudio Martínez Mehner and Galina Eguiazarova. He completed his training with Vadim Sukhanov at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. He also attended masterclasses given by such eminent pianists as Alicia de Larrocha, Josep María Colom, Eliso Virsaladze, Andrzej Jasinski, Ralf Gothóni, Vitaly Margulis, André Watts and Boris Petrushansky.

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Violin and Piano Sonatas - Debussy, Janacek, Strauss (2019)

Strauss, Janacek, Debussy

Aitzol Iturriagagoitia, Enrique Bagaría

    Musicweb International

Accomplished and colourful [performances].[…] The opening figure finds Iturriagagoitia in full ecstatic Strauss mode, while Bagaría brings a pleasing touch of richness to the piano part here.

Marc Rochester[read full review]

    Classical Music Sentinel

Spanish violinist Aitzol Iturriagagoitia enhances the diverse nature of these three disparate works, not only by capturing their highly individual character, but also by applying his own array of tones and colours to certain passages, stressing either the inherent gypsy elements of one or the highly aesthetic confidence of another. Pianist Enrique Bagaria consistently provides the proper weight, drama and musical narrative that spurs on the violinist to aspire even higher.

Jean-Yves Duperron[read full review]

    Opus Haute Définition

The performances of these three works by Aitzol Iturriagagoitia on the violin and Enrique Bagaria on the piano, is of exemplary rigor, with the proper breath, committed and fervent.

Jean-Jacques Millo Visuel[read full review] -

“What a mastery, what a compelling violinist Aitzol is […]. An enlightening performance, revealing the depths of the true meaning as expressed by the composer […]. Aitzol can proudly stand up with great personal satisfaction to a few of the best accounts around, displaying a large degree of understanding of the different moods between anxiety, stubbornness and resignation […]. In the final analysis it should be taken into account that Enrique Bagaria is a perfect supporter allowing enough room for Aizol to excel, and also, and certainly not in the least, that recordings from Eudora are always made at the highest resolution, with the best equipment and greatest musical care.”

Adrian Quanjer[read full review]

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EUDDR1903: Violin and Piano Sonatas - Debussy, Janacek, Strauss
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Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor - I. Allegro Vivo
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Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor - II. Intermede - Fantasque et leger
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Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor - III. Finale - Tres anime
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Sonata for Violin and Piano - I. Con moto
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Sonata for Violin and Piano - II. Ballada
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Sonata for Violin and Piano - III. Allegretto
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Sonata for Violin and Piano - IV. Adagio
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Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat major, op. 18 - I. Allegro, ma non troppo
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Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat major, op. 18 - II. Improvisation - Andante cantabile
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Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat major, op. 18 - III. Finale - Andante - Allegro
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