The First and the Last Romantic

Noé Inui, Vassilis Varvaresos

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The First and Last Romantic features violinist Noe Inui and pianist Vassilis Varvaresos.  It is one of the best selling albums in the Navis Classics catalog at NativeDSD Music.  Recorded and Produced by Daan van Aalst in Stereo and Multichannel DSD 256.

Comparing and contrasting two monumental violin sonatas by great composers from entirely separate generations can be a fascinating exercise, but in this case, only yields incidental relationships.

Richard Strauss’s Sonata in E-flat major Op. 18 can be considered a youthful work but, given the extra impetus of inspiration gained from new-found love in his future wife the singer Pauline de Ahna, this is also an uncompromisingly demanding piece that saw the composer at the top of his game at this point in his development. 

Robert Schumann’s Second Violin Sonata emerged after frustration in his failure to establish himself as a conductor in Dusseldorf but during a period of ongoing compositional productivity before his final illness took hold. Written almost immediately after the First Violin Sonata it can be seen as the big brother to its predecessor; taking the genre further, the trained muscles now set for even more ambitious musical exploration.

Tracklist

1.
Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Minor Op. 121 Ziemlich langsam Lebhaft
12:55
2.
Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Minor Op. 121 Sehr lebhaft
04:24
3.
Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Minor Op. 121 Leise, einfach
06:04
4.
Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Minor Op. 121 Bewegt
09:26
5.
Sonata in E-Flat Major Op. 18 Allegro ma non troppo
11:55
6.
Sonata in E-Flat Major Op. 18 Improvisation, Andante cantabile
09:07
7.
Sonata in E-Flat Major Op. 18 Finale: Andante Allegro
09:11

Total time: 01:03:02

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Producer

Daan van Aalst

Recording Engineer

Daan van Aalst

Recording location

Westvest, Schiedam Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD256

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

NC15004

Release Date October 10, 2015
SKU NC15004

Press reviews

Romantiek van Vassilis Varvaresos en Noé Inui

The First and the Last Romantic heet de debuut-cd van het duo Vassilis Varvaresos en Noé Inui, twee jonge muzikanten met Griekse wortels en een inmiddels internationale carrière. Er valt over te twisten of Schumann nou echt de eerste romanticus was, maar Richard Strauss was echt wel de laatste.

Zijn vioolsonate is een relatief vroeg werk, maar de flamboyante Strauss is er al volledig. Schumanns sonate hoort tot zijn beste stukken – doortimmerd en toch sensitief. De uitvoeringen zijn van de bovenste plank. Het samenspel tussen de twee musici is subliem en ze weten de klank zo te kleuren dat piano- en viooltonen soms nauwelijks merkbaar in elkaar overgaan.

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