Sonatas for Two Violins: Prokofiev, Gorecki, Ysaye

Maria Milstein, Mathieu van Bellen

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Original Recording Format: DXD

Violinist Maria Milstein returns to NativeDSD with her 8th album in DSD Stereo and DSD Multichannel. On Sonatas for Two Violins from Challenge Classics, Mathieu van Bellen and Maria Milstein have chosen an unusual format for their album – two violins without accompaniment playing rarely performed works by Prokofiev, Ysaye, and Gorecki.

The setting of this album – two violins without accompaniment – is no ordinary combination, and the repertoire, though encompassing several style periods from the Baroque to the 21st century, is much smaller than that of a more standard duo such as violin and piano. It is particularly striking that there are very few major works written for this setting, even compared to other string instrument combinations such as violin/viola or violin/cello. This has to do with the fact that the possibilities in which two instruments of the same range offer are more limited than those offered by two instruments of higher and lower registers combined – this seeming lack of variety in range and effects have stopped most composers from using this medium for their works. There were however composers who took this limitation as a challenge and created true masterpieces with a fascinating sound world, making one forget about the “restricted” means available. 

“When choosing a program for this album, we were adamant to present works which, rather than using virtuosic violin display as a means to an end, are masterworks in their own right, where the virtuosity of writing is a simple tool used to create breathtaking landscapes and thrilling stories. Three different countries and three different universes, though all three composed within less than half a century – the Sonatas for Two Violins by Serguei Prokofiev, Henryk Gorecki and Eugene Ysaye show with their incredible variety how exciting a violin duo can be.” – Mathieu van Bellen and Maria Milstein

Tracklist

1.
Prokofiev - Opus 56 I Andantre cantabile
02:49
2.
Prokofiev - Opus 56 II Allegro
02:59
3.
Prokofiev - Opus 56 III Commodo quasi allegretto
03:59
4.
Prokofiev - Opus 56 IV Allegro con brio
05:28
5.
Gorecki - Opus 10 I Allegro molto
08:14
6.
Gorecki - Opus 10 II Adagio sostenuto
03:53
7.
Gorecki - Opus 10 III Andante con moto
04:07
8.
Ysaye - I Poco Lento Maestoso Allegro fermo
11:46
9.
Ysaye - II Allegretto poco lento
08:13
10.
Ysaye - III Allegro vivo e con fuoco
12:28

Total time: 01:03:56

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Digital Converters

dCS & Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Microphones

Sonodore

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf, Northstar Recording Services BV

Recording location

Galaxy Studio’s, Mol, Belgium

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

SKU

CC72807

Release Date May 5, 2020
SKU CC72807

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