Zoltán Kodály (1884–1967)
Duo for Violin and Violincello (26:59)
01. I. Allegro serioso, non troppo (8:05)
02. II. Adagio (9:40)
03. III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo; Presto (9:14)
Roger Sessions (1896–1985)
Duo for Violin and Violincello (9:24)
04. I. Tranquillo; Allegro con spirito (9:24)
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Sonate pour Violon et Violoncelle (20:49)
05. I. Allegro (4:59)
06. II. Très Vif (3:36)
07. II. Lent (6:19)
08. IV. Vif, avec entrain (5:55)
(4.5 Stars) “The Kodaly Duo for Violin & Cello has existed since 1914; in its long existence, it has been performed by countless duos and recorded dozens of times. In its recorded history, few efforts have come close to capturing the same level of Bohemian flare as cellist Janos Starker and violinist Josef Gingold. While their performance really exemplifies all that this piece has to offer, the present recording of violinist Gil Morgenstern and Darrett Adkins comes excitingly close to capturing the same level of energy, gutturalness, and rhythmic panache . . . Both of these artists play with unbridled passion with never a sense of holding anything back. Their attacks on each note are almost brutal, yet they never demand more from their instruments than they can deliver. Intonation is superb, articulation is brilliantly matched, and the interplay between the two is seamless. If this was the only piece on the program, this disc would still be worth buying. Fortunately for listeners, there’s more.” —All Music Guide
Recorded by Elliott Miles McKinley
Mastered by Blake Morgan at ECR Music Studios, NYC
Violin: Gil Morgenstern
Cello: Darrett Adkins
Photography by Wendy Stulberg
Art direction by Christian Bowers
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