Aram Khachaturian Violin Sonata and Dances from Gayaneh & Spartacus
Hideko Udagawa has performed extensively throughout the world and captivates international audiences with her artistry and enthusiasm. Critics have acclaimed her performances, commending her passionate commitment, dazzling agility and refinement of taste. As a protégée of Nathan Milstein, she has inherited the great Russian romantic tradition of violin playing. Her performances have spanned thirty countries across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and more than one hundred cities and towns in the United Kingdom alone. As the great-granddaughter of one of Japan's historically most influential prime ministers, she enjoys the international performer's role as a cultural ambassador.
Boris Berezovsky has established a great reputation, both as the most powerful of virtuoso pianists and as a musician gifted with a unique insight and a great sensitivity. Born in Moscow, Boris Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz. Subsequent to his London début at the Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as "an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power". Two years later he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaïkovsky Competition in Moscow.
"...The Violin Sonata is the key focus - boldly expressive and with a distinct folk colouring in this performance." Edward Bhesania, The Strad, July 2014
“… this disc provides an excellent example of ensemble playing as well as showcasing Udagawa’s flair for Khachaturian. In addition it is the best available recording of the Violin Sonata.” William Kreindler, musicweb-international.com
“The extracts from the two ballets here are much recorded (although not in these transcriptions for violin and piano) and are given enthusiastic readings. But the real find here is the Violin Sonata of 1932. This thoroughly characteristic piece is played with great conviction, as are the other short pieces (such as the quirky Song-poem of 1929).” www.cdchoice.co.uk
"The composer's obvious delight in and dedication to his native music is altogether impressive, and makes for fine listening...This fine team glories in the opportunities presented by Khachaturian, with his abundant lyricism generously enjoyed, and the pounding rhythms excitingly controlled." Dailyclassicalmusic.com, July 2014
“This is very much a partnership of equals with Udagawa and Berezovsky bringing out so much from this music. Such beguiling melodic ideas make for a disc to unashamedly revel in.” theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.co.uk
This disc provides an excellent example of ensemble playing as well as showcasing Udagawa’s flair for Khachaturian. In addition it is the best available recording of the Violin Sonata. William Kreindler, MusicWeb June 2014