Irmina Trynkos (violin), Giorgi Latsabidze (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Walker (conductor)
Born only two years earlier than Webern and successful as a conductor in Berlin, Ignatz Waghalter built on the tradition of Schumann and Brahms rather than seeking revolutionary innovation. The inspiring melodic and rhythmic invention of his 1911 Violin Concerto led a contemporary reviewer to recommend that 'violinists should take it up without hesitation!', while the earlier Violin Sonata won the coveted Mendelssohn Prize in 1902. A milestone in violinist Irmina Trynkos' Waghalter Project (www.waghalterproject.com), this release brings to light one of the most unjustly forgotten musicians of interwar Europe.
Waghalter Violin Concerto Op 15, Rhapsodie Op 9, Violin Sonata Op 5, Idyll Op 19b, Gestandnis
Running Time: 60 min
' The main offering here is the Violin Concerto Op. 15...a beautiful work that recalls Bruch and Brahms...The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Walker provides exemplary accompaniment in this and in the Rhapsodie Op. 9...Three attractive works for violin and piano complete the disc: the Sonata in F minor Op. 5; the Idyll Op. 19b; and Gestï¿½ndnis, Trynkos being joined in these by pianist Giorgi Latsabidze. Trynkos is a relatively new talent on the concert scene, but plays with warmth, style and confidence; she is clearly one to watch.' (The Whole Note)
'a must for all violin lovers and for those who wish to sample the work of this long neglected composer.' (Fanfare)
'one of the best chamber music discoveries to roll down "CD Lane" in a long time...Waghalter proves himself a master tunesmith, giving us a couple of loveable numbers that bring this amazing disc of discovery to a satisfying conclusion. You may not have heard of Greek-Polish violinist Irmina Trynkos, but based on her spectacular performances of everything here, it shouldn't be long before she's much wider known. Her commanding technical ability, lovely tone, immaculate phrasing, and spot-on intonation make her one of the most exciting new soloists to have appeared in these pages. The outstanding support she receives from the Royal Philharmonic orchestra under conductor Alexander Walker makes the case for the concerto and rhapsody even stronger. The same can be said about the superb, perfectly judged accompaniment provided by Georgian pianist Giorgi Latsabidze in the chamber pieces.' (Classical Lost and Found)