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French Treasures

By Aleksey Semenenko

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By Aleksey Semenenko and Inna Firsova. By Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Ernest Chausson (1855-1899), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), Jascha Heifetz, and Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931). Classical. CD. Ars Produktion #ARS38544. Published by Ars Produktion (NX.ARS38544).

Item Number: NX.ARS38544

One of the most delightful combinations in chamber music is the musical interplay between a keyboard instrument and a melody instrument, where the percussive nature of the keyboard is juxtaposed with the permanent tonal presence of a wind or string instrument. This record features works for piano solo and violin, as well as arrangements of original works for piano and orchestra. The characteristics of orchestration are reversed in so far as an existing score for piano or orchestra is adapted for the piano and the violin. Naturally, most of the melodic material was ported to the violin and offers plenty of opportunities for bravura displays by the soloist Aleksey Semenenko, particularly if the arrangement was made by a violin virtuoso. Aleksey Semenenko, born in 1988 in Odessa, Ukraine, began his violin studies at the age of six at the Stolyarsky School. He made his concert debut the following year, performing Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A Minor together with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. He completed his concert diploma with Zakhar Bron at the University of Music in Cologne and is currently enrolled in the chamber music class of Harald Schoneweg. He has been praised for his "stunning technique and intonation, verve, wit, and beautiful phrasing," (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), as well as consistently demonstrating "an unparalleled level of refined musicianship and stage presence" (The Strad).

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