Following a number of successful duo performances by violinist Vesko Eshkenazy and pianist Ludmil Angelov, the idea of recording an album with the two of them began to take shape. Ludmil suggested doing something with music of George Gershwin.
However, Gershwin’s original repertoire for violin and piano is rather limited. It consists of precisely one small composition entitled ‘Short Story’, which has so far remained little known, composed in association with the violinist Samuel Dushkin. Therefore, it was decided first to use the historic arrangements by Jascha Heifitz, The brilliant violinist and bosom friend of Gershwin.
The album’s Executive Producer, Job Maarse, suggested the addition of guest musicians to offer a bit more spice to the original violin + piano concept. A number of Vesko’s friends and colleagues from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra were interested and joined our “Gershwin Adventure”! The result is this fine album of Gershwin classics in Stereo and Multichannel DSD.
Vesko Eschkenazy – Violin
Ludmil Angelov – Piano (Tracks 1-7, 9-13)
Marijn Mijnders – 2nd Violin (Tracks 8, 13)
Henk Rubingh – Viola (Tracks 8, 13)
Gregor Horsch – Cello (Tracks 8, 10, 13)
George Pieterson – Clarinet (Tracks 10, 13)
Herman Rieken – Percussion (Track 13)
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 01:12:26
Van den Hul
EMM Labs Meitner DSD AD Converter
Custom built by Polyhmnia
Neumann KM130, DPA 4006 & DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics
|Original Recording Format
Everett Porter, Sebastian Stein
Doopgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Holland
|Recording Type & Bit Rate
|June 13, 2015
Don’t miss this highly entertaining disc! It is a real gem. Vesko Eschkenazy is the first principal violin of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and fellow Bulgarian Ludmil Angelov is a pianist who now performs duos with Eschkenazy. Clearly both have great love and respect for the music of George Gershwin.
Fellow members of the Royal Concertgebouw heard about the Gershwin project and wanted to join in. The extra instrumentalists add a great deal of color and texture to the proceedings. George Pieterson brings his liquid clarinet to the stunning Rhapsody in Blue for small ensemble, aided by percussionist Herman Rieken and other string players. The Polyhymnia recording took place at the Doopsgezinde Kerk in Harlem and is ideal, with instrumentalists placed at just the right distance before you in a warm, flattering acoustic. It is at one with the performances.
I find it impossible just to play one track but always have to listen right through. At times seductive, always full of vitality and rhythm, this is a conspectus of the amazing breadth of Gershwin’s musical achievement in such a short lifetime, and a tribute to him by some fine fellow musicians. Not only will you hear the familiar old melodies which steal into your consciousness, but discover much that is new, and so want to explore Gershwin further. An ultra-sophisticated jam-session!
5-Stars for Performance, Stereo and Multichannel Sonics.
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