Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness

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Catalogue No: MSV 28527
EAN/UPC: 809730852725
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Release Date: March 2012
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Discs: 2
Total Playing Time: 111:08
Sample: Invenzione a due voci, from Book III

The composer Paul Pellay describes this immense and absorbing work as ‘a compositional diary of the two years it took to write’ and says that a number of his preoccupations became part of its fabric – from autobiographical elements, to his interest in abstract constructions, to the art of Goya and the poetry of Ungaretti, political concerns and the odd ‘nod’ in the direction of other composers he admires. The ‘fiendishness’ of the title should not dissuade potential customers – it is far more approachable music than much other virtuoso solo violin music but fiendish certainly in its virtuosity and concept.

Track Listing

    Paul Pellay:

  1. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book I – Riding the Comet’s Tail (2:11)
  2. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book I – Consolazione per Condloeeza (3:23)
  3. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book I – Running on Eggshells (2:06)
  4. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book I – Rag-Caprice Triple-A (1:42)
  5. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book I – Past Silence’s Dusk (3:07)
  6. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book I – The Warmonger’s Hoe-Down (2:08)
  7. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book II (Black Studies after Goya) – Sabbath Rounds (2:29)
  8. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book II (Black Studies after Goya) – Masks of the Ancients (1:32)
  9. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book II (Black Studies after Goya) – a bludgeoning, drowning hatred (1:41)
  10. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book II (Black Studies after Goya) – Canine Arabesques (3:03)
  11. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book II (Black Studies after Goya) – Saeta Sbronza (2:21)
  12. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book II (Black Studies after Goya) – Flight to Asmodeus (1:12)
  13. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book II (Black Studies after Goya) – Suspended in the Hands of Destiny (2:04)
  14. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book II (Black Studies after Goya) – Cannibal Planet (2:31)
  15. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book III (Mid-South Recollections) – Reelfoot Echoes (3:29)
  16. hesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book III (Mid-South Recollections) – Shimmying with Zeus (2:02)
  17. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book III (Mid-South Recollections) – as glass particles descend (5:54)
  18. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book III (Mid-South Recollections) – The feathered deity flew below (1:40)
  19. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book III (Mid-South Recollections) – Skullbone Skerzo (1:39)
  20. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book III (Mid-South Recollections) – Morpheus in Milan (TN) (2:58)
  21. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Prologo – (1:11)
  22. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Moto perpetuo – (0:44)
  23. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Capriccio – (1:28)
  24. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Invenzione a due voci – (1:16)
  25. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Arioso – (2:25)
  26. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Notturno – (2:33)
  27. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Ostinato – (1:03)
  28. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Dialogo – (1:25)
  29. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Intermezzo – Elegia – (4:29)
  30. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book IV (Dovetail Variations, Deviants and Digressions) – Finale: Valse-Scherzo (1:43)
  31. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book V (Sereno, Polittico Ungarettiano) – Odopo tanta nebbia (2:41)
  32. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book V (Sereno, Polittico Ungarettiano) – a una a una si svelano le stelle (2:04)
  33. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book V (Sereno, Polittico Ungarettiano) – Respiro il fresco che mi lascia il colore del cielo (2:20)
  34. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book V (Sereno, Polittico Ungarettiano) – Mi riconosco immagine passeggera (2:53)
  35. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book V (Sereno, Polittico Ungarettiano) – Persa in un giro immortale (1:33)
  36. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Vertiginoso, freneetico – (1:19)
  37. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Intenso – calmandosi – (1:28)
  38. IThesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Focoso e precissimo – (0:52)
  39. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Come in punta di peidi – (0:33)
  40. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Recitando – (1:24)
  41. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Fantasioso – (0:23)
  42. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Avanzando – (1:19)
  43. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – TEMA(META), tempo giusto (0:47)
  44. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Spetralle – (1:37)
  45. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Nervoso, insonne – (1:34)
  46. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Girovagando (1:47)
  47. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Brancolando – (1:47)
  48. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VI Con(di)vergences) – Fuggendo (1:28)
  49. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VII – Marcia triunfal de Diablo Tejano (1:34)
  50. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VII – Near Journey’s End (2:28)
  51. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VII – A sparkler for A.R.T. (1:39)
  52. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VII – Musing over lost times (3:22)
  53. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VII – come d’autunno (2:08)
  54. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VII – 19.5.04 (2:12)
  55. Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness Book VII – Cosmic Buckaroo (2:06)

Reviews

MusicWeb

These solo violin pieces.. bristle with harmonic and digital demands. Some of the bowing and articulation is deliberately vicious, but violence is often balanced by reflection… when [Pellay] bases a piece on a folk song … the results are rather lovely. These are not studies… but brief character pieces, utilizing the vast potential of the violin to mint the instrument’s technical and expressive resources. All praise to the recording engineers, and above all to the intrepid Sheppard Skærved who plays like a man possessed.

” —Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb

A very great deal more approachable than the title would suggest … the title is meant to be taken light-heartedly. We get a fair helping of modernistic techniques – glissandi, harmonics, left hand pizzicato – but there is nothing here that Paganini would not have recognized. The composer’s wryly humorous style of writing extends not only to his programme notes but delightfully to sections of the music itself. The music cannot fail to enchant an audience and hold their attention. The acoustic … enables us to hear every detail of Skærved’s superlatively skilful playing

” —Paul Corfield Godfrey
Tempo

Whether it is ultra-high cantabile, stunning virtuosity or intimate reverie, Skaerved seems in his element. Indeed … a reading of impeccable virtuosity. It is in the final movement that the violinistic fiendishness of the title really comes in, and Skaerved rises to every challenge.

” —Colin Clarke
Fanfare

The musical language of these pieces extends beyond traditional harmonic idioms, though not far beyond violinistic ones … interesting and even fascinating. Violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays with technical acuity throughout, bringing to bear on the set his own sharp intellect and sense of characterization (all of which the engineers serve well in clean recorded sound).

” —Robert Maxham