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  • Performer: Jennifer Frautschi; Marta Asnavoorian
  • Composer: Stravinsky, Ravel
  • Audio CD (Aug. 16 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ark
  • ASIN: B00004TV5A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Dennis J. Marconi on July 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
An awesome debut album from a rising star.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Performances of Small-Scale Stravinsky and Ravel Gems May 22 2006
By goodmusicman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD features two small-scale works by Stravinsky and two by Ravel, all performed by violinist Jennifer Frautschi and pianist Marta Aznavoorian. The Stravinsky Duo Concertante is the most modernist work on the CD, but it is quite interesting and played to perfection by the violinist and pianist. The Divertimento by Stravinsky is a piano and violin arrangement of the Divertimento from his ballet The Fairy's Kiss. After hearing the original and the arrangement, I can say that the arrangement is far more enjoyable to listen to, especially as played by Jennifer Frautschi. It is full of hummable, bouncy dance tunes and exuberant rhythms. It is as melodic as "chamber music" gets. Frautschi simply plays the piece as if it were the greatest piece of music in the world, full of fervor and energy. Her tone is always sweet but firm and she's always agile at switching keys seamlessly and with great poise.

The Ravel Sonata's middle movement is called "Blues" and it sounds like it could have been written by Gershwin, so authentic is its American, inner city, jazzy idiom. Frautschi captures the moods of the work marvelously, and her collaborator on the piano complements her playing perfectly. The Ravel Tzigane can be either for violin and piano or violin and orchestra, but the piano version is the better one (and is the original version written by Ravel), since the orchestra has very little to do but create atmosphere, which the piano does perhaps even better. The work is a Gypsy-flavored showpiece and Frautschi gives a jaw-droppingly virtuosic performance of intensity, exoticism and vibrant melody. One reviewer called this performance a "desert island Tzigane" and I certainly concur with that. You simply will not hear a better Tzigane played by anyone, anywhere.

In sum, this CD really is a must-have for lovers of colorful violin music. Even if you normally shy away from "chamber music", you will still love the music and the playing on this CD. Jennifer Frautschi is a world-class talent who deserves to achieve the recognition which other great violinists on the scene today have already achieved. She may just be a cut above them!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Composers' Choice Oct. 6 2007
By Paul Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In this debut album on Artek by the young California violinist, Jennifer Frautschi, she plays pieces that are directly related to the composers as performers. Stravinsky wrote the Duo Concertante and the Divertimento when he was touring with a friend and violinist, so they would have his own music to perform. If you like Stravinsky, you'll like these, I think, and if you do not care for the contemporary idiom, you probably won't care for this CD. Frautschi has recorded many 'modern' composers, and she plays wonderfully. What little I know about Marta Aznavoorian, the pianist, is on this recording; they play very, very well together.
Ravel is often thought of as being of the Impressionist era, and associated with tone color, chord mood, feeling in music, and the like. But in "Bolero", one of his best-known, and many others, his innovations and playful way with rhythm is as prominent. That's the case with this Sonata. "Tzigane" is on almost every young (or old) violinist's early records; it holds up well with this performance.
It is refreshing to read album notes by Frautschi; she knows what she is talking about.
A good CD, that I enjoy listening to repeatedly. By coincidence the name of the Hall in which it was recorded is from my grandmother's family; it's good to know our family supports music with performance venues. (Ha.) Wish I could too, but at least I bought the CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The virtuoso Aug. 13 2010
By paganadam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Violinist Jennifer Frautschi has provided us something new on the modern classical music scene. The music is so lively and energetic, she captures the feeling perfectly. She is just as good other violinists such as Anne Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn and Julia Fischer. Her clear, warm tone enhances her performance. She is truly a violin virtuoso.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent July 1 2003
By Dennis J. Marconi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An awesome debut album from a rising star.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing performer Dec 22 2012
By mr loser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
We had the pleasure of seeing Jennifer perform live and bought this CD after the concert. She blew us away in concert and we enjoy listening to her play on this CD. She, clearly, has put in countless hours practicing and perfecting her craft. She her live and buy this if you enjoy good music.