Debussy, Janáček, Szymanowski: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Volodja Balzalorsky Live Selection Vol. 2)

by Volodja Balzalorsky

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Archie Faraday I can’t describe Balzalorsky’s renditions as well as a music critic or musician can, but I can say that they took my breath away. Theiler and Haas, the pianists, also play humanely. I admit that I don’t have a frame of reference for the Debussy and Szymanowski pieces in this album. But Janáček, I search hungrily for renditions of all his pieces. Balzalorsky and Theiler do him justice. They don’t hold back in rendering the simmering passions and agonies in his pieces, and they play the delicate parts sensitively without turning falsely content and tranquil, in the manner of Kenneth Sillito’s and Paul Crossley’s 1978 rendition of the sonata. I discovered Balzalorsky through SoundCloud, and I’m very glad I did! Hope to see more releases on his Bandcamp. Favorite track: Janacek: Sonata for Violin and Piano JW 7 No. 7 - Adagio.
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Debussy, Janáček, Szymanowski: Sonatas for Violin and Piano
(Volodja Balzalorsky Live Selection Vol. 2)
Released 15 December 2013

Volodja Balzalorsky, violin
Christoph Theiler, piano (Debussy, Janáček )
Hinko Haas, piano (Szymanowski)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor L 140
Allegro vivo
Intermède: Fantasque et léger
Finale: Très animé

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) – Sonata for Violin and Piano JW 7 No.7 (1914-1921)
Con moto
Ballada con moto

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) - Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor op. 9
Allegro moderato - patetico
Andantino tranquillo e dolce
Allegro molto quasi presto

Volodja Balzalorsky played on Italian Violin made by Enrico Rocca fecit Taurini Anno Domini 1885.

Label: Cantabel Productions
Producer: Volodja Balzalorsky
Recorded LIVE at Kazina Hall in Maribor by Radio Slovenija - Regionalni RTV center Maribor (International Chamber Music Series of Maribor, November 1989 - Debussy),
at Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna by Cantabel Productions (International Chamber Music series, 07/03 1996 - Janáček).
at Kolarac Hall in Belgrade by Cantabel Productions (International concert series "Violin virtuosos", april 1988 - Szymanowski)

Mastering: Silvester Žnidaršič (Debussy, Szymanowski)
Andrej Rode (Janáček)

Cantabel Label Catalog Number: CPSDA002

Pre- Release Version: Live - Compilation

The Orchard Digital UPC: 888003039797
Wordwide digital distribution through The Orchard: 12/15/2013


released December 15, 2013



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Volodja Balzalorsky Ljubljana, Slovenia

Volodja Balzalorsky is a renowned Slovenian violinist.
He is recipient of multiple international music awards: The Hollywood Music in Media Award, The Inland Empire Music Award, The Ontario Independent Music Award, The Canary Island Music Award, Julij Betetto Music Award. ... more


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