Richard Strauss’s jubilant and romantic Violin Sonata (1888) was written amidst the relative innocence of fin-de-siècle Europe; Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his mournful and bleak Sonata (1968) at the height of the Cold War, in the twilight of his existence. Franziska Pietsch and Josu De Solaun bring new life to two starkly contrasting works that together present a complex and emotional portrait of human existence.more
"Common to both works are their deep emotions which come to full expression in this recording by Franziska Pietsch and Josu de Solaun." (Pizzicato)
Two soloists in conversation:
The electrifying duo debut recording of violinist Franziska Pietsch and pianist Josu De Solaun features two masterpieces: the violin sonatas by Richard Strauss and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Since 2017, Pietsch and De Solaun have forged a remarkable partnership, each balancing and complimenting the other's musical temperaments and sensibilities.
Franziska Pietsch, who caused a sensation among other things with her solo recital recording last year, led several prestigious orchestras in Germany and Luxembourg as concertmaster before she continued her career as a soloist and chamber musician. The Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun, winner of the renowned competitions Enescu and Iturbi, has performed with orchestras and in recitals throughout the world. Next to his solo career he is a passionate chamber musician.
Together, these two artists breathe new life into two powerful compositions, presenting a complex, passionate, and emotional portrait of human existence.
The present recording is the start of several upcoming duo recording projects. In addition, Josu De Solaun will present his first solo recording on audite with works by Janáček, Novák, and Suk. More solo recordings are being planned.
Mit ihrer alles andere als gradlinigen Karriere, bei der sie auf höchstem Niveau und mit wachsender Reputation alle musikalischen Konstellationen aufMehr lesen
Zwei höchst unterschiedliche Sonaten für Violine und Klavier spielen Franziska Pietsch und Josu de Solaun auf ihrer ersten gemeinsamen CD. BeiMehr lesen
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Pietsch is certainly an expressive player. I would put her performance of the Strauss sonata on a par with those of Ginette Neveu or Heifetz, the premiere representatives in their time of the French and Russian schools, respectively. Indeed, at times her playing put me in mind of the kind of intensity that Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has exhibited over lo these many decades of her storied career.Mehr lesen
Zu ihrer Aufnahme der Sonaten von Prokofiev, damals noch mit Detlev Eisinger am Piano, schrieb der Pizzicato-Rezensent, „Ihre Interpretation istMehr lesen
Pietsch en De Solaun tonen in een uitvoering vol vaart en verve maar ook met veel gevoel de waarde van dit werk aan en herinneren aan andere prachtvertolkingen van Vadim Repin en Boris Berezovsky en Kyung-Wha Chung met Krystian Zimerman.Mehr lesen
Ensemble, les artistes font revivre les deux puissantes compositions et présentent un portrait complexe, passionné et émotionnel de l’existence humaine.Mehr lesen