Rudens Turku: Sweet Remembrance

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2223
Format: CD

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.

critical acclaim for Rudens Turku
"an enviably articulate and formidably secure player" - Gramophone
"a gifted and confident violinist with a gorgeous sound. His playing is unfailingly elegant and optimistic." - Fanfare
"all the virtuoso technique yet passionate understanding you would expect of a mature master" - The Observer (UK)

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