In the case of the repertory for violin and violoncello duos the pickings are, sad to say, slim. Save for a lone Ravel here and a Scarlatti there, most of the music that is available comes from the rarified world of 19th century salon ditties. So it is all the more laudable that two young players of these instruments, Carmine Miranda and Boris Abramov, decided to collaborate on a CD of duos for violin and cello with most satisfying results. It was also fortuitous that the enterprising folks at Navona Records (www.navonarecords.com) agreed to produce this GLOBAL MUSIC SILVER MEDAL award-winning album.
The parts originally written for viola in the two Mozart duos that open the CD are here played with a mellow singing tone by cellist Carmine Miranda. Violinist Boris Abramov undertakes the playing of the melody in all three movements of the G Major Duo, K. 423 and the Bb Major Duo, KV 424, conversationally sharing the musical dialogue with Miranda’s cello in a manner that makes for chamber music of the first order. Miranda is not a subservient accompanist but a collegial partner who provides a solid harmonic and contrapuntal riposte to Abramov’s violin.
The three Beethoven duos, originally conceived for two wind instruments – possibly bassoon and clarinet – are strongly classical in their formal sonata structure yet Romantic in their expansive melodic sweep. Except for the Bb major duo that carries only two movements, the other two: the C major and F major are typically early Beethoven, with opening Allegros, a middle cantabile movement, and an agile closing rondo that provides the prima voce with plenty of bravura filigree. There, again, Miranda and Abramov partner each other with refined elegance and unified musical ideas.
The CD is insightfully annotated by Miranda and lovingly produced by Navona Records’ Bob Lord. It makes for a fine addition to the library of any lover of chamber music.
The album is slated for release in November.
Rafael de Acha www.Rafael’sMusicNotes.com All About the Arts
MOZART BEETHOVEN VIOLIN AND CELLO DUETS
CARMINE MIRANDA, CELLO AND BORIS ABRAMOV, VIOLIN
NAVONA RECORDS http://www.parmarecordings.com
DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO IN G MAJOR, KV. 423
DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO IN Bb MAJOR, KV. 424
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO IN C MAJOR
DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO IN F MAJOR
DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO IN Bb MAJOR