Rudens Turku: Sweet Remembrance
Rudens Turku, violin; Yumiko Urabe, piano
Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) Sicilienne / Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) Mazurka / Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) Cantabile / Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Preludium / Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Salut d'amour / Paganini Moto Perpetuo / Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) arr. Jascha Heifetz Sweet Remembrance / Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) Malagueña / Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) Hopak / Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) Schön Rosmarin / Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) Meditation / Paganini La Campanella / Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) F-A-E Scherzo / Jules Massenet (1842-1912) Meditation from Thaïs / Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) Sonata for solo violin No.2 in A minor, I. Obsession: Prélude (Poco vivace, II. Malinconia (Poco lento), III. Danse des ombres: Sarabande (Lento), IV. Les Furies (Allegro furioso)
Since making his recording debut for Avie in 2005 with the sonatas of Brahms, Franck and Schumann (AV 2080), Albanian-born, Munich-resident violinist Rudens Turku has amassed a devoted following and fan base for his effortless virtuosity and innate musicianship. Following albums devoted to solo works, duos, and concertos, Rudens returns with a personal selection of miniatures and encores for violin and piano. Sweet Remembrance - the subtitle of Jascha Heifetz's arrangement of Mendelssohn's Song without Words - ranges from the romantic Salut d'amour by Elgar, Schön Rosmarin by Kreisler and Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs, to the energetic Scherzo from Brahms' F-A-E Sonata and Shostakovich's exhilarating Preludium. Interspersed with miniature masterpieces by great violinist-composers such as Paganini, Sarasate, Kreisler and Wienawski, the album boldly concludes with Ysaÿe's commanding Second Sonata, itself written in remembrance of another great violinist, Jacques Thibaud.