RAVEL: Sonatas, Berceuse & Tzigane; BRIDGE: Sonata
Frank Bridge, Maurice Ravel
CHARLES LIBOVE, Violin
NINA LUGOVOY, Piano
"I am really grateful that [Libove and Logovoy] are sharing these readings with us. They fill their thrilling, extroverted Tzigane with huge amounts of energy harnessed in a solid rhythmic framework, which makes for an extraordinarily exciting performance. Their reading of the Sonata is tremendous. I love Libove's singing sound. Don't miss this recording"
Fanfare - July/August 2000
PROGRAM NOTESThis violin and piano duo have played together for many years, appearing all over the Americas, Europe, and the Far East. Among his many accolades, Charles Libove was winner of the first Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition and the first Enesco International Violin Competition. Active as both soloist and recording artist, he has been Professor and Director of Strings at New York University as well as being a faculty member at the State University of New York, the American University, and Peabody Conservatory. Nina Lugovoy studied at the Curtis Institute and was a faculty member at New York University. In addition to numerous live performances, she has recorded recitals for the BBC and CBC and has appeared on American Public Television. The duo’s new recording features the lush impressionistic sounds of Maurice Ravel in the only four works that he composed for violin and piano. The earliest (published after his death) was composed at age 23. A quarter of a century later he composed the exquisite Berceuse, followed two years later by a brilliantly contrasting Tzigane with its gypsy-like melodies and astonishing virtuosic passages (performed on the CD with elan and polish). Ravel’s last work for violin and piano is the sonata dating from 1927. The recording includes the the 1932 sonata by the English composer Frank Bridge, written in one movement but encompassing four distinct sections and tempi.
Berceuse (sur le nom de Gabriel Faure)