IGOR STRAVINSKY Divertimento
A four-movement concert suite drawn from Stravinsky's ballet Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss), the Divertimento blends his modernist musical sensibility with Tchaikovsky's Romanticism in a confection that is both tenderly lyrical and irresistibly frothy. Stravinsky made the arrangement to perform with his duo partner, the Polish-American violinist Samuel Dushkin.
DAVID LUDWIG Swan Song
David Ludwig has worked closely with such artists and ensembles as violinists Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, the new-music group eighth blackbird, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. Swan Song, modeled on one of Schubert's late pieces for violin and piano, reflects his creative engagement with music of other times and cultures.
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Valse-scherzo in C Major, Op. 34
Composed in 1877, Tchaikovsky's miniature hybrid combines the disciplined elegance of the waltz with the playful freedom of a scherzo. Originally scored for violin and orchestra, the Valse-scherzo anticipates the formidable technical challenges that Tchaikovsky would incorporate in his great Violin Concerto the following year.
ROBERT SCHUMANN Intermezzo from "F-A-E" Sonata
In 1853, Schumann joined forces with Brahms and a third, lesser-known composer to write a composite sonata in honor of violinist Joseph Joachim. His brief Intermezzo, the second movement, is built around the musical motif F-A-E, which had special significance for the members of Schumann's circle.
JOHANNES BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Brahms wrote the last of his three violin sonatas some 35 years after collaborating with Schumann on the "F-A-E" Sonata. Dark and impassioned, the music may allude to the platonic love affair that Brahms had long carried on with pianist Clara Schumann, Robert's widow.