Title - 'Works by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, Schumann'
Artist - Augustin Hadelich and Joyce Yang
For those not in the classical know, Grammy Award-winner Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of his generation. He has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., many on numerous occasions, as well as an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe, and the Far East. He is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity, and gorgeous tone.
Joyce Yang is a classical pianist who first gained international renown during the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in which she was awarded the silver medal. Just 19 years old, Yang was the competition's youngest participant at the time and during the same competition, Joyce was also awarded both the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music, as well as the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work.
Here on the just-released Works by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, Schumann both the Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich and superb Pianist Joyce Yang come together to produce a plethora of pyrotechnics and an abundance of musical imagination.
This unique recital program pairs two 19th-century repertory staples – Sonatas by Franck and Schumann – with 20th-century fare by Kurtág and Previn, a combination Augustin and Joyce have performed to widespread acclaim in their frequent joint performances.
André Previn (b.1929)
Tango Song and Dance
1. I. Tango: Passionately (5:20)
2. II. Song: Simply (4:41)
3. III. Dance: Jazz feeling (5:39)
Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op.105
4. I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck (7:35)
5. II. Allegretto (3:47)
6. III. Lebhaft (5:30)
György Kurtág (b.1926)
Tre Pezzi, Op.14e
7. Öd und traurig (3:13)
8. Vivo (1:16)
9. Aus der Ferne (2:29)
César Franck (1822–1890)
Sonata in A major
10. I. Allegretto ben moderato (6:01)
11. II. Allegro (8:16)
12. III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia (7:31)
13. IV. Allegretto poco mosso (6:02)
With a total running time of 67:27, Works by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, Schumann by Augustin Hadelich and Joyce Yang is one of those albums that, if you are in love with the musical ilk, will have you hitting replay every time the music climaxes. This album of classical revisions is just that good, trust me.