The Fascinating George Gershwin (2003)

Gershwin

Vesko Eschkenazy

Following a number of successful duo performances by Vesko Eshkenazy and Ludmil Angelov, the idea of recording a cd with the two of them began to take shape. Ludmil suggested doing something with music of George Gershwin.
However, Gershwin's original repertoire for violin and piano is rather limited. It consists of precisely one small composition entitled 'Short Story', which has so far remained little known, composed in association with the violinist Samuel Dushkin.  Therefore, it was decided first to use the historic arrangements by Jascha Heifitz, The brilliant violinist and bosom friend of Gershwin.

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Vesko Eschkenazy

Vesko Eschkenazy has been concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since January 2000, having occupied the same position earlier with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vesko Eschkenazy studied at the National Conservatory in Sofia and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Among his prizes are those of the Wieniawski Competition in Poland and the Carl Flesch Competition in London.

In 2010 he was voted musician of the year in Bulgaria.  To open the 2010/11 season he gave an open-air concert in his native town Sofia with the Philharmonic orchestra of Sofia for a massive audience.
That season Vesko Eschkenazy was artist in residence at the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia.

He has several times been a soloist with the RCO, as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In June 2014 the concertmaster conducted his own orchestra from the music stand in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Vesko Eschkenazy plays the ex-Adam, ex-Wurlitzer Guarneri del Gesù from 1738, received on loan from a private owner after mediation by the RCO Donors' Foundation.

Photo - Jouk-Oosterhof

Ludmil Angelov

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, Ludmil Angelov graduated at the Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy in Sofia. His teachers were Viktoria Spassova, Ludmila Stoyanova and the phenomenal pianist and pedagogue Konstantin Stankovich, former assistant of Pancho Vladigerov in his piano classes. He won prizes and diplomas at international competitions, including the Senigallia (Italy, 1976), Frederic Chopin (Poland, 1985), Palm Beach International Competition (USA, 1990), Piano Masters (Monte Carlo, 1994) and World Piano Masters Tour (France, 1997).

Ludmil Angelov's debut recital in New York was at Lincoln Centre in 1990. He has also played at many other major concert halls, such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salles Pleyel and Gaveau in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Herkulessaal in Munich, KKL in Lucerne, the Opera of Monte-Carlo, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Auditori in Barcelona, Palau de la Música in Valencia, the concert halls of the Moscow and Milan Conservatories, the Palace of Music in Athens and KBS Hall in Seoul.

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The Fascinating George Gershwin (2003)

Gershwin

Vesko Eschkenazy

    Don't miss this highly entertaining disc!

"Don't miss this highly entertaining disc! It is a real gem. Vesko Eschkenazy is the first principal violin of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and fellow Bulgarian Ludmil Angelov is a pianist who now performs duos with Eschkenazy. Clearly both of them have great love and respect for the music of George Gershwin. Fellow members of the Royal Concertgebouw heard about the Gershwin project and wanted to join in. The extra instrumentalists add a great deal of colour and texture to the proceedings. George Pieterson brings his liquid clarinet to the stunning Rhapsody in Blue for small ensemble, aided by percussionist Herman Rieken and other string players. The Polyhymnia recording took place at the Doopsgezinde Kerk in Harlem and is absolutely ideal, with instrumentalists placed at just the right distance before you in a warm, flattering acoustic. It is at one with the performances. I find it impossible just to play one track but always have to listen right through. At times seductive, always full of vitality and rhythm, this is a conspectus of the amazing breadth of Gershwin's musical achievement in such a short lifetime, and a tribute to him by some very fine fellow musicians. Not only will you hear the familiar old melodies which steal into your conciousness, but discover much that is new, and so want to explore Gershwin further. An ultra-sophisticated jam-session! 5-Stars for Performance, Stereo and Multichannel Sonics."

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The Fascinating George Gershwin (2003)

Gershwin

Vesko Eschkenazy

Cables: Van den Hul
Digital Converters: EMM Labs Meitner DSD AD Converter
Microphone preamps: Custom built by Polyhmnia
Microphones: Neumann KM130, DPA 4006 & DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Everett Porter, Sebastian Stein
Recording location: Doopgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Holland
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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An American in Paris
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Three Preludes for Piano - Prelude I
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Three Preludes for Piano - Prelude II
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Three Preludes for Piano - Prelude III
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Fascinating rhythm
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I got rhythm
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Clap yo'hands
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Lullaby
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Triple Tribute
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Rhapsody in Blue
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Someone to watch over me
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Embraceable you
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Fantasy in Seven Colors
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Love is here to stay
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