Haiku Reviews: MUSIC December 2014

December 23, 2014 6:56 PM

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Like 10 Hagen, Wright-Ivanova shows throughout that while she can handle sheer virtuosity with no problems, she also loves to tackle bunches of notes. Though Janacek's only Violin Sonata was written three decades earlier -- it was started before WWI in fact-it inhabits an entirely different world, entirely characteristic of the composer's ultimate inability to create a unique style with his enormously original musical imagination; ten Hagen, however, catches the composer's exultation in this conundrum and follows his every impulse initially with great delicacy, then in headlong passages of passion and speed, and in doing so takes her 2008 Pierre Dalphin without complaint to its limits.

The recording was made at the Immanuelskirche, a former Lutheran Church in Wuppertal, near Düsseldorf, now become a concert hall; built in 1869, it has just the right soaring proportions and minimalist walls to give free rein to the instruments' and the music's full range without having to force the...

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