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Lutoslawski: Complete Music for Violin and Piano; Szymanowski: Myths; Janßcek: Violin Sonata ()

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The circle of influence among Eastern European composers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries was understandably tight, with the achievements of one generation inexorably motivating the next. Such is certainly the case with the three composers heard on this album, one Czech and two Polish: Leos Janßcek, Karol Szymanowski, and Witold Lutoslawski. While this album's focus is Lutoslawski's complete works for violin and piano, all three composers explore extended techniques on the violin, including false harmonics, multiple stopped notes, and glissandos, as well as signature compositional technique, most notably Lutoslawski's "controlled aleatoric" system in which both the piano and violin have notes and rhythms written out, but are not supposed to be played together in any sort of traditional passage. The technical skills required to turn this into anything more than controlled chaos are extensive. Violinist Ariadne Daskalakis and pianist Miri Yampolsky deliver on these demands with seeming... Hide synopsis

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