Mykola Lysenko: Complete Music for Violin and Piano

Catalogue No: TOCC0177
EAN/UPC: 5060113441775
Release Date: 2015-03-10
Composer: Mykola Lysenko
Artists: Arthur Greene, Solomia Soroka

Mykola Lysenko (1842-1912) is regarded as 'the father of Ukrainian classical music'. As did Bartók later in Hungary, he went out into the field, listened to what the people were singing and fashioned an individual musical language that brought together the styles of Chopin and Liszt and the essence of Ukrainian folksong. This CD presents his complete output of music for violin and piano, complemented by a new work for violin and piano commissioned to display the lyrical riches of Lysenko's songs.

Solomia Soroka, violin; Arthur Greene, piano;

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Second Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, Op. 18, ‘Dumka-Shumka’
  2. Elegiac Capriccio, Op. 32
  3. Fantasy on Two Ukrainian Themes, Op. 21
  4. Romance, Op. 27
  5. Personal Album, Op. 40, No. 1: ‘A Moment of Despair’
  6. Elegy in memory of Shevchenko
  7. The Sun is Setting: Ukrainian folksong
  8. Spring Kaleidoscope

  9. I. She who was Born from the Waves
  10. II. I Rose at Dawn
  11. III. I Believe in Beauty
  12. IV. Should Only Roses Bloom
  13. V. One Sad Spring
  14. VI. My Beloved
  15. VII. On a Clear Night
  16. VIII. Do not Look at the Moon in Spring
  17. IX. A Mist across the Valley
  18. X. Spring Awoke my Heart
  19. Valse Brillante, Op. 6

2 reviews for Mykola Lysenko: Complete Music for Violin and Piano

  1. :

    ‘Toccata’s compilation of music written for violin and piano (or arranged for that combination) by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko opens with a performance of his Second Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, transcribed by Vadym Stetsenko from the original version for piano. This deeply ethnically colored work showcases the throaty lower registers of Solomia Soroka’s violin. … According to the notes, Lysenko wrote the Fantasy on Two Ukranian Themes for either violin or flute with piano. Solomia and her husband, pianist Arthur Greene, endow its opening theme with fresh, ruddy charm and play exuberantly throughout. … For this recording, composer Victor Kaminsky compiled and arranged 10 of Lysenko’s songs into a suite, Spring Kaleidoscope. Some, like “I Rose at Dawn” (the second), based on a text by Panteleimon Kulisch, seem exceptionally moving in the instrumentation of violin and piano. To this song, Soroka brings such a strong emotional ambiance that her tone production almost chokes, especially in the lower registers. … She masters the double-stops in “Do not Look at the Moon in Spring” and in “A Mist Across the Valley,” the second of these originally based on a text by Tamas Svechenko. “Spring Awoke in My Heart” brings a joyous conclusion to the set. … The notes point out that the difficult piano part almost overwhelms the violin solo; but the sturdy Soroka is hard to blow over, even with a gale wind such as Greene creates.
    Those interested in the origins of music in the Ukraine, as well as those simply interested in an effective program of violin music (billed as first recordings), sympathetically performed, should enjoy the first part of the duo’s recital; yet, in the suite arranged by Kaminsky, they’ll reach the musical heart of the program. Warmly recommended across the board.’

    —Robert Maxham, Fanfare Magazine, September 2015

  2. :

    ‘… Lysenko wrote for the violin rarely and spasmodically, indeed his entire oeuvre includes only a few pieces for the instrument, and some are only transcriptions of original piano works. This programme embraces all of these works in the genre and something extra too. The music is highly romantic and full of catchy tunes, and the Second Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, the Elegiac Capriccio and Fantasy on Two Ukrainian Themes, the three main pieces on this disc that are Lysenko’s own, display the superb craftsmanship of the composer and his virtuosic gifts of composition.’

    —Gerald Fenech, Daily Classical Music, September 2015

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