Related Links

Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster



Site News

What's New for
July/August 2014?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter

Affiliates

In association with
Amazon
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

ArkivMusic
CD Universe

HBDirect

JPC

ArkivMusic

Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

CD Review

Songs Without Words

ESS.A.Y 1048

Works for Violin & Piano

Mela Tenenbaum, violin
Richard Kapp, piano
ESS.A.Y Recordings CD 1048 1996 DDD 62:38
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon Japan

Yet another wonderful violinist from the Ukraine. They seem to grow like wheat there. Then they emigrate to the U.S. The program is a box of short bon-bons chosen with great discrimination and prepared with a dedication rarely found among violinists who tackle this repertoire - far from the usual throwaway encore. She plays these works with the concentration usually reserved for the Beethoven concerto. I'm not a string player, so I can't give you the ins and outs of what she's doing. However, I do know superior music-making when I hear it. Her tone is sweet, she hits her notes clearly and mostly in tune. Beyond this, however, she's got soul, a musical personality that hugs you. I recommend especially her performance of the spiritual "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen." I'm a sucker for this repertoire anyway, but her account just soars.

Richard Kapp's accompaniment fits her playing like the interlaced fingers of a handclasp. One senses a unity of musical purpose and, even in something like the flying fingerwork of the "Hora staccato," a naturalness and equality to the partnership. They focus on the music, rather than on their own virtuosity. Downright lovely.

The sound is that of a small, bright hall and the balance between the players is good.

Copyright © 1996, Steve Schwartz

Trumpet