Release Date: July 14, 2017
Catalog #: NV6105
Véronique Mathieu, violin
Jasmin Arakawa, piano
Franco Donatoni (1927-2000)
Argot: Due pezzi per violino
Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)
3 Anthèmes I pour violon seul
Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994)
4 Recitativo e Arioso for violin and piano
5 Subito for violin and piano
Partita for violin and piano
6 Allegro giusto
7 Ad libitum
9 Ad libitum
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Véronique Mathieu violin
Jasmin Arakawa piano
Véronique Mathieu’s ARGOT is a spectacular demonstration of her abilities as a violinist, as well as the dramatic range of her instrument. The recording embodies the definition of its title – ‘argot’, which means the language of a particular group – in two meaningful ways. First, Mathieu has selected a unique array of violin-centric works that illuminate the creative strengths of twentieth century modernist composers. Second, as a result of the album’s daring program and Mathieu’s incredible talents, listeners enjoy the opportunity to hear every nuance of the violin’s expressive vocabulary executed at the highest possible level.
ARGOT focuses on compositions by three titans of twentieth century European modernism: Franco Donatoni, Pierre Boulez, and Witold Lutosławski. Donatoni’s Argot: Due pezzi per violono not only gives the album its title, but also serves as one of two solo violin works on the album, alongside Boulez’s Anthèmes 1 pour violon seul. These pieces reveal the depths of Mathieu’s virtuosity, as she delivers deeply human and emotive performances of these notably technical and demanding works.
In Mathieu’s rendering of these compositions, every corner of the violin’s sound world is both exploited and imbued with significance. Some might think that any piece written for solo instrument must be limited in what it can express, but, with that instrument in Mathieu’s hands, this theory is thoroughly disapproved as neither Donatoni nor Boulez’s compositions submit to its tenets. On the contrary, Mathieu’s expert performances turn these works’ intricate gestures and motives into the foundation of compelling musical narratives with which the listener cannot help but become enchanted.
ARGOT’s three works by Polish master Witold Lutosławski add piano to the mix, and deliver a much more classical personality to the album’s offerings. These works show a different side of European modernism, one based in clear extra-musical allusions and references to centuries-old musical concepts. Subito, for example, is marked by sudden changes – as its name would suggest – and Recitativo e Arioso echoes the operatic forms referenced in its title, while also featuring the album’s most stunning lyricism.
Mathieu’s outstanding playing in the works by Donatoni and Boulez showcases her ability to lend potent meaning to the most nuanced of musical gestures.
Mathieu has premiered and performed works by notable composers from all over the world, including Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Harrison Birthwistle, and Krysztof Pendericki, among many others.
Mathieu was a prizewinner in the 2012 Eckhardt–Gramatté Contemporary Music Competition and the 2010 Kraków International Contemporary Music Competition as well as a three-time winner of the Canada Council Bank of Instruments Competition.
All tracks recorded January 5-6 & August 18-19, 2016
in Swarthout Recital Hall in Lawrence KS
Recording Session Producer
Véronique Mathieu & Shah Sadikov
Mixed & Mastered Brock Babcock & Véronique Mathieu
Recorded & Edited Brock Babcock
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Chris Robinson
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette
Design & Marketing Director Brett Picknell
Design Ryan Harrison
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