Legends Gwendolyn SE Cover with correct order of names Plain Gwendolyn Masin



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Born out of an idea to elevate Irene Wieniawski aka Poldowski - composer, pianist and daughter of Henryk Wieniawski - as well as draw a family tree of blood lines and student-teacher relationships, the recording showcases works that have rarely been explored before. These include Poldowski’s Tango for Violin and Piano, Eugène Ysaÿe’s String Quintet as well as George Enescu’s Sept Chansons de Clément Marot. Artists performing on the album include soprano Rachel Harnisch, violinist Kirill Troussov and pianist Jan Philip Schulze.Legends is described by Gwendolyn Masin as a “mosaic” of elements: family ties and teaching lineages overlap to create a rich impression of an interconnected musical world. This programme shines a light on neglected repertoire, and particularly on the role of women as integral to the creative achievements heard here. Throughout, the different implications of the word ‘legend’ are felt: iconic figures and works rub shoulders with those who, unjustly, remain in a shadowy, mythical realm, deserving of greater prominence.

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1 Henryk Wieniawski (1835–1880)
Legend Op. 17 for violin and piano
Performed by Kirill Troussov and Alexandra Troussova


2 Józef Wieniawski (1837-1912)
Valse-Caprice Op. 46 for piano
Performed by Alexandra Troussova


George Enescu (1881–1955)
Sept Chansons de Clément Marot for soprano and piano
3 I. Estreines à Anne
4 II. Languir me faits
5 III. Aux damoyselles paresseuses d’escrire à leurs amys
6 IV. Estrene de la rose
7 V. Présent de couleur blanche
8 VI. Changeons propos, c’est trop chanté d’amours …
9 VII. Du conflict en douleur
Performed by Rachel Harnisch and Jan Philip Schulze


10 Eugene Ysaÿe (1858–1931)
String Quintet in B minor
Grave – Lent et Soutenu. Allegro molto Tempo primo Molto vivo non troppo
Adagio – Lento. Très animè – Calando – Meno mosso – Poco piu Vivo. Vif
Performed by Gwendolyn Masin (violin), Jiska Lambrecht (violin), Markus Fleck (viola), Martin Moriarty (viola), Patrick Moriarty (cello)


Irene Wienawska (alias Poldowski) (1879–1932)
Caledonian Market for piano
11 I. Bloomsbury Waltz
12 II. Musical Box
13 III. Picture of Clowns
Performed by Jan Philip Schulze


14 Irene Wienawska (alias Poldowski) (1879–1932)
Tango for violin and piano
Performed by Gwendolyn Masin and Vera Kooper

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