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Stravinsky: Complete Music for Violin & Piano ()

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Transcribing works for violin and piano might have seemed an unusual sideline for Igor Stravinsky, who famously complained about the violin's resemblance to the human voice, and who found using strings for their emotive value antithetical to his pursuit of a cool, "objective" tone. He preferred using woodwinds because their tone colors were less evocative of singing, and he generally neglected the violin until practical considerations, stemming from the composition of his Violin Concerto, led to this new practice. Stravinsky and the violinist Samuel Dushkin had struck up a friendship through working together on the concerto, and in the interests of concert promotion and the furtherance of publications by Schott, the two men worked up a selection of pieces that they could play in recitals. This double-disc album by violinist Anthony Marwood and pianist Thomas AdFs presents Stravinsky's complete works for violin and piano (though the Suite Italienne is represented by a precursor work, the Suite d'aprFs... Hide synopsis

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