Maria Milstein / Mathieu van Bellen

Sonatas for Two Violins

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917280722
Catnr: CC 72807
Release date: 07 February 2020
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Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917280722
Catalogue number
CC 72807
Release date
07 February 2020

"Luister 10! It is a performance in which you forget the musicians, so perfect is their interaction."

Luister, 10-4-2020
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The setting of this album - two violins without accompaniment - is no ordinary combination, and the repertoire, though encompassing several style periods from the Baroque to the 21st century, is much smaller than that of a more standard duo such as violin and piano.

When choosing a program for this CD, we were adamant to present works which, rather than using virtuosic violin display as a means to an end, are masterworks in their own right, where the virtuosity of writing is a simple tool used to create breathtaking landscapes and thrilling stories. Three different countries and three different universes, though all three composed within less than half a century - the Sonatas for Two Violins by Serguei Prokofiev, Henryk Górecki and Eugène Ysaÿe show with their incredible variety how exciting a violin duo can be.
Die Vertonung dieses Albums - zwei Violinen ohne Begleitung - ist keine gewöhnliche Zusammenstellung, und das Repertoire, obwohl es mehrere Stilepochen vom Barock bis zum 21. Jahrhundert umfasst, ist viel kleiner als das eines Standard-Duos wie Violine und Klavier.
Bei der Auswahl des Programms für diese CD haben wir darauf geachtet, Werke zu präsentieren, die nicht das virtuose Geigenspiel als Mittel zum Zweck, sondern als Meisterwerk für sich genommen betrachtet. Die Virtuosität des Spielens ist lediglich ein einfaches Mittel, um atemberaubende Landschaften und spannende Geschichten zu schaffen. Drei verschiedene Länder und drei verschiedene Universen, obwohl alle drei innerhalb von weniger als einem halben Jahrhundert entstanden sind: die Sonaten für zwei Violinen von Serguei Prokofiev, Henryk Górecki und Eugène Ysaÿe zeigen mit ihrer unglaublichen Vielfalt, wie spannend ein Violin-Duo sein kann.

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Luister 10! It is a performance in which you forget the musicians, so perfect is their interaction.
Luister, 10-4-2020

A very classy disc of music for two violins, in a lively but not too resonant acoustic.
The Strad, 26-3-2020

Give Eugène Ysaÿe one violin and he will extract the sound of a duo with his arsenal of technical fingerbreakers. Give him two and you seem to be listening to a string quartet. Just as Maria Milstein and Mathieu van Bellen play his sonata for two violins, that illusion is perfect.
De Standaard, 11-3-2020

Maria Milstein and Mathieu van Bellen convincing with their interpretations of these sonatas, which roughly date from the first half of the last century.
Mania, 06-3-2020

Millstein and Van Bellen have certainly collected three beautiful pieces for the special occupation of two violins on this CD.
Nieuwe noten, 15-2-2020

★★★★ Inspirering performed violin duets by Mary Milsten and Mathieu van Bellen.
De Volkskrant, 06-2-2020

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