Shostakovich, Prokofiev & Weill Works For Violin & Piano

Sergey Prokofiev - Complete Works for Violin [2 CD set] (2013)

Sergey Prokofiev - Complete Works for Violin [2 CD set] (2013)
Classical | Chandos CHAN 10787(2) | 2013 | 76:03 + 65:09 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Full Scans | Various File Hosts | 526 MB
James Ehnes (violin), Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin), Andrew Armstrong (piano), BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

The latest offering from James Ehnes is an outstanding 2-CD set of the Complete Works for Violin by Sergei Prokofiev. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in the Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major and the Violin Concerto No.2 in G Minor on disc one, and Andrew Armstrong is the accompanist for the violin and piano works on disc two. Ehnes gives thoughtful and sensitive performances of the two concertos, and is given perfect support by Noseda, a conductor who has few equals when it comes to drawing nuanced, sensitive playing from a large orchestra.
Benjamin Schmid,  Lisa Smirnova - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Weill (2015)

Benjamin Schmid, Lisa Smirnova - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Weill (2015)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 225 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 134 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | Catalog Number: 1253

Third release on Ondine by the Austrian star violinist Benjamin Schmid contains fresh arrangements of well-known piano pieces by Shostakovich and Prokofiev for violin and piano. Also included is a suite transcribed from Kurt Weill's iconic ‘The Threepenny Opera'. All the three original works by the composers were written during the 1910s and 1920s.
Justina Auškelytė & Cesare Pezzi - Dvarionas: Complete Works for Violin & Piano (2017)

Justina Auškelytė & Cesare Pezzi - Dvarionas: Complete Works for Violin & Piano
Classical, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 64:12 min | 271 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2017

One of the most gifted and prominent of all twentieth-century Lithuanian musicians, Balys Dvarionas was a musical polymath who excelled as a composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. He viewed his native countrys folklore as a fundamental part of his artistic heritage and his aesthetic ideas were formed under the influence of nineteenth-century Romanticism. His violin works occupy a special place in his oeuvre. The Sonata-Ballade is his violin masterpiece, full of idiosyncrasies and luminous warmth, while the miniatures encompass subtle charm and effortless virtuosity.
Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen - Schubert: Complete Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2 (2010) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen - Schubert: Complete Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2 (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:56 minutes | 1.10 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

It is a sign of great artistry when performers can take a composer's lesser works and make them compelling. That Fischer and Helmchen have done so with Schubert's modest violin and piano works to such joyous effect is remarkable. The revelation comes when Fischer joins Helmchen at the piano in the sublime Fantasia.
Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen - Schubert: Complete Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 1 (2009) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen - Schubert: Complete Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 1 (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:23 minutes | 1.06 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Julia Fischer and Martin Helmchen adopt a rather quick tempo and a light touch, hardly too heavily pedaled in the piano part, in the opening of the first movement of Schubert's First Sonata in D Major, a work that could lend itself, slight as it may be, to overblown Romantic rhetoric (although not in leaner and more spirited readings like that of Joseph Szigeti, who recorded the Sonata with Andor F”ldes in 1942, a performance re-released in Sony's "Masterworks Portrait" series 52538 in 1992).
Duo Brüggen-Plank - Szymanowski: Works for Violin & Piano (2017)

Duo Brüggen-Plank - Szymanowski: Works for Violin & Piano
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 68:26 min | 293 MB
Label: Genuin | Tracks: 11 | Rls.date: 2017

The thrilling contrasts in a composer’s oeuvre are presented here by violinist Marie Radauer-Plank and pianist Henrike Brüggen, who bring the world of the great Karol Szymanowski to life. His music reflects the spirit of his time while drawing inspiration from ancient sources, deriving its power from the traditions of his homeland while remaining universal. This can all be heard in the playing of the two young, international prize-winning musicians: sophisticated yet down-to-earth, incredibly sensual yet clearly structured.
James Ehnes - Bartók: Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

James Ehnes - Bartók: Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:50 minutes | 869 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

James Ehnes has previously explored Béla Bartók’s concertos for violin and for viola, to great acclaim. This album is the second in his equally successful survey of Bartók’s chamber music for the violin. His accompanist, once more, is Andrew Armstrong, a pianist praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique.
James Ehnes - Bartók: Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 1 (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

James Ehnes - Bartók: Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 1 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 83:47 minutes | 1.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This is the second volume in a series devoted to the works for strings by Béla Bartók, with James Ehnes the featured soloist. Earlier this year, Ehnes recorded the Violin and Viola Concertos (CHAN 10690), which was made Disc of the Month in Gramophone magazine.
Franziska Pietsch / Detlev Eisinger - Prokofiev: Works For Violin & Piano (2016) [Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Franziska Pietsch / Detlev Eisinger - Prokofiev: Works For Violin & Piano (2016)
FLAC tracks 24bit/44.1kHz | Digital Booklet | 650MB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Audite

Following the successful release of the Grieg Violin Sonatas, Franziska Pietsch and her piano partner Detlev Eisinger now present music by Sergei Prokofiev on the audite label. His works reflect facets of her own biography to a significant degree. As an emerging talent in the GDR, Franziska Pietsch enjoyed special state support; her musical training was thus initially shaped by the Eastern European school, bringing Prokofiev's music close to her heart. His two Violin Sonatas appear as two contrasting poles within his oeuvre - her life has also moved between extremes. The state support led to early success in the GDR. However, her father's escape to the West in 1984 was followed by two years of reprisals by the regime, intensively shaping Franziska Pietsch's understanding of music: deprived of any possibility of playing concerts or taking lessons, her chosen path towards hope - against desperation, refusal, fear and despotism - led inwards.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Huw Watkins - Works for Violin & Piano by Hahn & Szymanowski (2015)

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Huw Watkins - Works for Violin & Piano by Hahn & Szymanowski (2015)
Classical | 01:09:27 | Mp3, 320 kbps | 159 MB
Label: Signum Records | Year Of Release: 2015

This juxtapsition of composers who, though near contemporaries seem rather far apart stylistically is curiously compelling. After the dramatic and sumptuous intensities of Szymanowski's D minor Sonata, Op 9, Hahn's Romance in A follows like an emotional mood-cleanser - all is now lightness and wistfulness. That there's an underlying unity of seriousness is shown by the third, deeply touching Modere movement of Hahn's C major Sonata. His Nocturne is E flat leads back to Szymanowski and his Noctune and Tarantella, Op 28. Waley-Cohen's playing is radiant and soaring, and Watkin's pianism a model, as always, of sensitivity.