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.
Total time: 01:02:29
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|Release Date||September 26, 2019|
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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