Victor Romanul, Michael Zaretsky | John Williams Duo Concertante Duos for violin and viola

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John Williams Duo Concertante Duos for violin and viola

by Victor Romanul, Michael Zaretsky

The music of this 2 discs CD is design as a two part recital of duos for violin and viola with Duo Concertante by famous film composer John Williams who wrote this piece for performers of this CD dedicated the music to Michael Zaretsky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Duo Concertante , 1. Maestoso
4:23 $0.99
2. Duo Concertante, 2. Cadenza-adagio
6:06 $0.99
3. Duo Concertante, 3. Allegro
3:58 $0.99
4. Elegies
7:03 $0.99
5. Duo Op.13, 1. Allegro Moderato
7:21 $0.99
6. Duo op. 13, 2. Adagio
4:16 $0.99
7. Duo op.13, 3.tempo Di Menuetto
4:54 $0.99
8. Three Madrigals, 1.Poco Allegro
4:17 $0.99
9. Three Madrigals , 2. Poco Andante
6:16 $0.99
10. Three Madrigals ,3.allegro
5:47 $0.99
11. Chant IV
10:14 $0.99
12. Duo Concertant In C, Op.15, No.3, 1. Allegro
6:33 $0.99
13. Duo Concertant In C, 2. Adagio. Andante
5:05 $0.99
14. Duo Concertant In C, 3. Presto
6:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Boston Symphony Orchestra members Victor Romanul, violin, and Michael Zaretsky, viola, have released a new two-disc CD on the Artona label, featuring the world premiere recording of John William’s Duo Concertante, which was written for and dedicated to Michael Zaretsky. The CD, recorded at the historic Symphony Hall in Boston, also includes works by Aaron Copland, Louis Spohr, Bohuslav Martinu, Jakov Jakoulov and Alessandro Rolla.

“Duos for Violin and Viola” features works from a variety of eras through the hands of some of the greatest composers, due, in part, to the challenge and limitations of writing for this particular combination of instruments. Spohr’s “Duo for Violin and Viola,” and Alessandro Rolla’s “Duo Concertant in C,” contribute some of the earliest works on the recording, while Jakov Jakoulov’s “Chant IV” and John Williams’ “Duo Concertant” are world premiere recordings and recent works, both written for Zaretsky and Romanul.

Williams’ “Duo Concertan”t was partly triggered by the composer’s attendance at a chamber concert in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in 1997, during which Romanul and Zaretsky performed Martinu’s “Three Madrigals” (also featured on this recording). Talking with William’s afterward, Zaretsky suggested casually that the composer write his own duo for the two players. The piece came to fruition in 2006, and was premiered on Aug. 17, 2007, in Ozawa Hall.

Jakoulov’s “Chant IV” for violin and viola premiered at Symphony Hall in May 2006. The piece is part of a series of five string duos, a cycle beginning with a piece for two double basses and ending with a piece for two violins.

Violinist Romanul has been performing professionally since he was seven. An active recitalist, teacher, and soloist, he is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has been concertmaster of the Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has given recitals throughout the country, including a concert of the ten Beethoven violin sonatas; performances of Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin in one recital, a recital of the complete solo sonatas of Eugene Ysaÿe, and recitals featuring solo violin music of Paganini, Sauret, Ernst, Wienawski, and Vieuxtemps. Romanul studied with Ivan Galamian, Joseph Silverstein, and Jascha Heifetz.

Born in the former Soviet Union, violist Zaretsky began his career in Moscow and Israel before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Besides being a member of the BSO, he regularly plays solo recitals and chamber music throughout the world; he has appeared with such leading artists as Yuri Bashmet, Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, and Vadim Repin. Zaretsky has made five acclaimed recordings for ARTONA: “Black Snow,” an album of Russian music; “Bach, Bach & Bach”; “Simgular Voices: Brahms, Schumann, and the Viola”; Bach’s six cello suites performed on viola; and works of Hindemith. Mr. Zaretsky’s collaboration with composer Jakov Jakoulov has resulted in many new works featuring the viola.



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Bob Priest

duo delight
the playing on this recording is absolutely first-rate. all of the music is good but i wouldn't say that any of it is particularly inspired or among the best works by the composer-at-ear. my main interest in purchasing this release was to hear the john williams duo. while the craft of the composition is solid (as you'd expect from such a seasoned pro), a good deal of the musical material itself is somewhat hackneyed. however, let me repeat that the playing is superb, throughout this 2-disc set.