Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Emilia Kopatchinskaja (violin & viola), Viktor Kopatchinsky (cimbalom), Martin Gjakonovski (double bass) & Mihaela Ursuleasa (piano)
Impressions d'enfance for violin and piano, Op. 28,
Doina et hora marită,
Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 'dans le caractère populaire roumain'
Eight Duets for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4,
Doina for cimbalom solo,
Hora for cimbalom solo,
Căluşari 1 - Căluşari 3
Gramophone Editor's Choice - January 2011
The exciting young Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya, who earlier this year won a BBC Music Magazine Award for her recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, is here joined by a small group of musicians including her mother, also a violinist, and father, a renowned cimbalom player, in a selection of pieces that reflect Eastern European folk and Gypsy traditions. Amongst the composers represented are Enescu, Ligeti, Kurtág, and Ravel.
One of the few pieces to feature the cimbalom as a main instrument in the standard classical repertoire is György Kurtág’s 8 Duos for Violin and Cimbalom. Kurtág comes from a part of Hungary close to Romania, and his music in these short pieces is steeped in the folk tradition both countries. The Romanian composer George Enescu’s music is celebrated for its Gypsy rhythms and these elements come to the fore in his Third Violin Sonata.
Patricia Kopatchinskaya was born in Moldova and raised in a family of musicians. "Rapsodia" was the name of the former band of her father Victor Kopatchinsky, one of the most famous cimbalom players of his generation. Her parents were constantly travelling with their ensemble, playing 300 concerts every year - in the Kremlin for the government and the generals, in factories and prisons, and in Siberia, North Africa, and Latin America. With her father on the cimbalom, her mother playing a second violin and friends such as Mihaela Ursuleasa, she here performs works rooted in traditional Moldovan and Eastern European music alongside pieces such as Ravel’s Tzigane that have a Gypsy inspiration.