Works for Scordatura Violin

LOUIS FRANZ AGUIRRE (b.1968): 4 Nocturnes with Masks*, GIACOMO PLATINI (b.1967): 4 Souvenirs*, FRANZ VON VECSEY (1893-1935): Nuit du Nord, EUGÈNE YSAŸE (1858-1931): Poème Élégiaque in D Minor, Op. 12, CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Danse Macabre, Op. 40, HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ BIBER (1644-1704): Rosary Sonata IX“The Carrying of the Cross”. * - First Recordings.

Catalogue Number: 08X065

Label: Oehms Classics

Reference: OC 492

Format: CD

Price: $14.98

Description: This unusual and intriguing recital explores the various ways in which composers over the centuries have used scordatura tunings - the raising or lowering of the tuning of one or more open strings on an instrument - to musical ends. Two contemporary works receive their world premieres here. Cuban-Danish composer Aguirre's four miniature nocturnes achieve unusual sonorities through the use of various mutes and bowing techniques as well as unorthodox tunings. A glacial winter overture, a harmonisation of the Dies irae like none you’ve heard before, a rapt meditation and a static play of sonorous intervals pay tribute to four composers - Kurtág, Falla, Messiaen, and Feldman - in music that refers to their individual æsthetics. Platini's little Souvenirs tune the high strings up, giving the violin a brittle, crystalline sound, which combines in decorative threads and arabesques of great delicacy and luminosity with the piano's simple, gestural accompaniments. Honorable mention to Vecsey's little-performed, beautiful and atmospheric Nuit de Nord, with the low strings tuned down to produce a rich, resonant tone appropriate to the work’s dark-hued Swan of Tuonela mood and sound - not entirely surprising from the (re-)dedicatee of Sibelius' Violin Concerto, who also composed his own (Hungarian-sounding!) "Valse triste". Valeria Zorina (violin), Evgeny Sinaisky (piano).

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