SHERIDAN MUSIC STUDIO NEW RELEASE
VIOLIN AND PIANO DUO
WORKS BY POLISH COMPOSERS
Performed by Marta Szlubowska and Svetlana Belsky
"Stunningly beautiful"; Szymanowski's "Dryads and Pan" is "wonderfully fantastical... Marta Szlubowska's virtuosity really takes off and Belsky has the most delicious of light touches." Paderewski violin sonata "exudes a Brahmsian warmth, especially when heard with Szlubowska's generosity of tone, while Belsky plays the demanding piano part with elfin fingers, skittering up and down the keyboard. Communication between the two players is a joy. [The middle movement] includes moments of intense beauty; the way the players here can melt into sweet lyricism is intensely memorable. Hats off to Szlubowska and Belsky for giving such a concentrated, successful reading"
-Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
"Myth and Romance begins with the three-movement “Mythes, Op. 30” by Karol Szymanowski. All three are virtuosic works that allow both artists to demonstrate their mastery of their instruments. Composed when Paderewski was 22, the Sonata is my favorite work on the album. The first movement, “Allegro con fantasia,” is beautifully lyrical and played with heartfelt emotion by both artists. The second movement, “Intermezzo. Andantino,” is expressed with tenderness and grace. The Finale, “Allegro molto quasi presto,” is a real showpiece with passages that are bold and dramatic and others that are much quieter and more subtle - a great way to end this excellent album! Brava to both Marta Szlubowska and Svetlana Belsky for their brilliant performances!"
-Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano