Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson | Violin and Piano Thrillers

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Violin and Piano Thrillers

by Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson

This album features Enescu's Sonata no.2 for piano and violin followed by some of the most virtuosic and beautiful forgotten masterpieces for violin and piano– some rarely recorded or performed for many decades.
Genre: Classical: Romantic Era
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 6: I. Assez mouvementé
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
8:06 $1.00
2. Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 6: II. Tranquillement
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
6:11 $1.00
3. Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 6: III. Vif
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
7:51 $1.00
4. Hungarian Dance No. 17 (Arr. for Violin & Piano)
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
3:58 $1.00
5. Slavonic Dance, Op. 72, No. 2 (Arr. for Violin & Piano)
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
4:48 $1.00
6. The Flower's Tale, Op. 30: V. Zephyr
Bogdan Vacarescu
3:48 $1.00
7. Nocturne, Op. 27: No. 2 (Arr. for Violin & Piano)
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
6:00 $1.00
8. Spanish Dance, Op. 21: No. 2, Habanera
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
4:49 $1.00
9. The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 "Turkish March": I. Scherzo (Arr. for Violin & Piano)
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
2:01 $1.00
10. The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 "Chorus of Dervishes": II. Etude (Arr. for Violin & Piano)
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
2:00 $1.00
11. The Round of the Goblins, Op. 25: Scherzo Fantastique
Bogdan Vacarescu & Julian Jacobson
4:53 $1.00
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Album Notes
"Violin and Piano Thrillers" ***** an independent album from an independent artist.

"Highly recommended" (5 star review by Musical Opinion)

"This is a performance of virtuosity, energy, spontaneity and poetry in equal measure." (The Classical Reviewer)

"Violin and Piano Thrillers" has been nominated alongside Argerich, Zukerman and Barenboim for "The classical album of the year" in Romania by the Romanian National Music Radio in 2016.

The album was recorded on 17 & 18 October 2015 at AIR Studios - Lyndhurst Hall, London with the support of The New Europe Society - Cambridge, as well as friends and fans through a crowd-funding campaign that lasted 28 days.

The CD comes in a matte 6 panel Digipak with an 8 page booklet. Artwork by Bogdan Vacarescu. Pictures by Nenad Obradovic.

The choice of repertoire on this album brings together very rarely played or recorded pieces such as Beethoven's "The Ruins of Athens" or Hubay's "Zephyr" alongside Enescu's stunning Sonata No. 2. One interesting fact is that Enescu was the teacher of Bogdan's teacher: George Enescu taught Vasile Filip who taught maestro Paul Ratz who taught Bogdan.

"His technical mastery...made it sound at times as if there were at least two fiddlers" (The Scotsman)

"...his fingers move at lightning speed, and the bow even faster”
(Fasterlouder - The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia)

Bogdan Vacarescu has won national and international violin and chamber music competitions since he was five. He has made numerous recordings on television and radio across the world, and has toured internationally since his teens. He made his solo debut at the age of fourteen performing Vieuxtemps concerto no. 4 with Brasov Philharmonic conducted by Ilarion Ionescu-Galati. He soon appeared under the baton of many prestigious conductors including Carol Litvin, Daisuke Soga (Japan), Petre Sbârcea, Ludovic Bacs with the Bucharest Radio Orchestra and Sibiu Philharmonic. He performed in halls such as the Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romanian National Radio Hall, Sydney Opera House, The United Nations Concert Hall in New York, New Morning in Paris and Purcell Room in London. Bogdan has made numerous recordings on television and radio across the world on Romanian National Radio and Television, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Wales and Manchester and ABC Australia. He has also recorded soundtracks for films and documentaries, most notably in collaboration with Oscar-winning composers Stephen Warbeck, Gabriel Yared.

Bogdan is a graduate of the Conservatoire of Music in Bucharest and the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a student of Beno Schwartzman, Paul Ratz and Gyorgy Pauk among others he has been profoundly influenced by all three of the German, Russian and especially the Franco-Belgian schools of violin playing developed by Pierre Marsick, Joseph Joachim and Leopold Auer then followed by violin masters including Jascha Heifetz, Jacques Thibaud, George Enescu.

The pianist Julian Jacobson has a been a vital and original presence on the British music scene for four decades, as well as touring in more than forty countries worldwide. As a a soloist he has appeared with the major UK orchestras and has been particularly acclaimed for his cycles of the complete Beethoven sonatas, including three "marathon" performances of all 32 sonatas in a single day. As a duo pianist he has partnered many prominent soloists including Ivry Gitlis, Nigel Kennedy, Zara Nelsova, Steven Isserlis, Colin Carr, Christian Lindberg and Manuela Wiesler. He has recorded some 30 CDs for Decca Argo, Chandos, Hyperion, Meridian and other labels.

Further notes on "Violin and Piano Thrillers":

This album is dedicated to the loving memory of my violin teacher - maestro Paul Ratz (1931 – 2014) who introduced me to the vastness of the violin repertoire and the beauty of many forgotten masterpieces – some of them rarely recorded or performed for many decades. Hence this album includes a few of these pieces, in the hope that they will find their way back to the stage.



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