Wieniawski Complete Works Volume 2

November 28, 2005 at 06:28 AM · Hi everyone, this is just a quick heads up to let you know that my friends at 2L records in Norway have released the complete works of Wieniawski volume 2. There's some great music on this CD...there are two world premiere pieces by the Wieniawski brothers, great stuff. And if anyone is into SACD like I am, this is a Hybrid CD, so get ready for some amazing sound. Here's a link:

On a seperate note's own Annar Folleso has his new CD available as well, by far the best recording you will ever hear of the Bartok solo Sonata.

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November 30, 2005 at 03:53 AM · Hi again guys, here's a proper link where you can find previews of the track, buy the CD, or buy individual tracks!

Wieniawski Volume 2

December 14, 2005 at 08:56 AM · Hi friends - Thanks to Jonathan Frohnen - I downloaded the Wieniawski Allegro de Sonate Op. 2 played by Piotr Janowski. Lovely recording with a great violin sound (Guanerius del Gesu). Certainly 2 items to wish for Christmas! I'd be looking to buy these 2 Wieniawski CDs. Check it out on homepage. Regards - Lee

December 14, 2005 at 04:07 PM · Hi Cheng! Please note that this was a collaborative effort by Henryk and his brother Joseph (Josef)...thus the brilliant piano part!

December 14, 2005 at 04:50 PM · And the pianopart is more well written in my taste :)

Thanks Jon!

December 14, 2005 at 06:00 PM · I've a copy of a polish CD with a massive and very romantic violin and piano sonata by brother Josef, too long (almost 45')plaided by Bartosz Bryla on

violin and Andrzej Tatarski on piano. (plus the

allegro de sonate and 4 piano transcriptions). All

first recordings. The sonata needs some cuts. With

15' less, it would be a very fine piece.

December 15, 2005 at 03:51 AM · Hi Jonathan - The piano part is not merely accompaniment. When the music gets turbulent in the violin part, the piano adds on more turbulence. Magnificent! Any plans for your friends to record Sarasate's complete violin works? There was such a CD compilation by a Spanish violinist but it wasn't particularly good (acc. to reviews). Janowski sounds really good and bears up to those fine 3 English/USA reviews on the site. Lovely violin & piano tone as well as recording quality. So, choose a Sarasate Violin Competition winner & rec. his complete works? Wishfully thinking about more Sarasate & Wieniawski - Cheng.

December 15, 2005 at 03:01 PM · Thank you so much for your interest in this project. I'll keep you up-to-date on volume well I will soon post a track from our first volume.

We have no plans at this time to record the complete works of Sarasate.

PS Janowski does sound great, doesn't he? He's a former 1st prize winner of the Wieniawski competition.

December 15, 2005 at 04:46 AM · I've always been impressed by Norwegian recordings. Their concern for acoustic details is renowned, and the Wieniawski is no exception.

December 15, 2005 at 08:08 AM · One word on length of volume 1 & 2 - they were only about 50 mins long. Surely, they could make the CD time for volume 3 up to say 65 to 75 minutes long.

December 15, 2005 at 08:16 AM · It will be great to heard the Souvenir de Poznan! Wishful thinking!

December 15, 2005 at 02:43 PM · Hi Cheng, the Souvenir de Poznan is track #2 on our first volume!

December 15, 2005 at 10:32 PM · Hi Jonathan - Is the sound of volume 1 as good as volume 2 please? By the way, if you are sending scanned music out - do please put me on the mailing list automatically. Cheers!

December 16, 2005 at 01:59 AM · Hi Cheng (and the rest of, I have just posted a track from the first volume of the complete works of Wieniawski within my profile.

At 2L sound quality is always top-notch, we make no sacrifices in sound quality. The first volume however is not currently offered in SACD but the sound quality is top-notch DDD.

December 16, 2005 at 07:42 AM · Hi Jonathan - I have just listened twice to Ricci's Dynamic recording of the Wieniawski Etudes Op 10! I especially enjoy the version of arpeggio studies - a variations on God Save the King (Queen). Are your friends doing this set of violin solos for the complete Wieniawski set (e.g. for Vol. 3, 4, etc)? The thing with Ricci is his technique had eroded badly and the tone that he produces is generally under strain.

December 17, 2005 at 02:02 AM · Hello, we do plan to record the op.10 Ecole Moderne of Wieniawski...he also wrote the 12 Studies as well as the Nocturne for violin alone which are in manuscript form ;-)

December 17, 2005 at 10:55 PM · That's great Jonathan. Ricci's sautille in the No 1 Etude is awful - turned me off & deleted it off my IPod. His Austrian Hymn though is not bad though (the arpeggio study).

December 19, 2005 at 01:51 AM · I heard the Ricci recording many years ago...I'd have to revisit the recording to comment!

December 23, 2005 at 07:48 PM · A quick note for I have the Allegro de Sonate scanned into my online collection for anyone interested in performing the piece! Email me if interested. Serious inquiries only please.

June 8, 2006 at 04:01 PM · Jonathan - I've been reading your reviews; I'm disappointed in the reviews of Ricci's interpretation of Wieniawski's Ecole Moderne. Someone noted he was an "old man" when recording it - I guess it's a relative thing; he was 65, and is now approaching 90. Thank you for your direct email earlier if it was you who wrote me about the two Volumes' contents from Norway. Please put my name on the release of any other Volumes 3, 4 etc. I really want to hear the Variations, now that I have the Ricci DVD coaching Li Chuanyun in the God Save the Queen & these Variations. Are there ANY other recordings of the Ecole Moderne? Thank you

June 8, 2006 at 04:27 PM · Ecole Moderne,I've 2 versions besides Ricci: Piotr

Plávner on a polish double CD, and Michail Grabarczyk on Olympia 309

June 8, 2006 at 04:59 PM · on what DVD is Ricci coaching the "God Save the King" variations?

June 9, 2006 at 05:04 AM · Ricci is featured in the 5-DVD set "Ricci:The Violin Virtuoso of the century".It is available at


June 9, 2006 at 04:56 PM · Please note that all 2L albums are now available through Qualiton Imports.

June 10, 2006 at 06:05 AM · annar folleso's bartok cd has been reviewed in a recent issue of grammaphon magazine. his playing has been praised and compared to frank peter zimmermann. congratulations to our member for making such a fine recording!

August 19, 2007 at 06:27 PM · Hi, I play alot of Wieniawski as he is one of my favourite composers who wrote mainly for the violin. I would very much like to get a copy from Jonathan of the Allegro de Sonate as this i do not know and don't seem to find anywhere. How can i email Mr Frohnen if anyone knows so i can take him up on his offer some months ago to obtain a copy of this piece please? Many thanks

August 19, 2007 at 06:38 PM · Has anybody heard of Andrei Koraskov here? I have 3 LPs of Wieniawski from the Melodia label and he is just phenomenal. He plays most of the repertoire apart from a few rare ones. He plays with extreme finesse and his technique is just superb...he can do anything!!! Pity these recordings are not known much as they were not reissued on CD. I was very lucky to find them some years ago in London in a Russian shop for just £1 each..the best Lps i have ever bought.

August 20, 2007 at 02:49 AM · Korsakov's recordings are indeed fantastic. I'm amazed he's not better known in the US. Or, in fact, known at all it would seem...

August 20, 2007 at 12:19 PM · Hi Carmine - I'll send you a copy of the file. What's your e-mail address please? Regards - Cheng

August 20, 2007 at 02:40 PM · In regards to recordings of interest. I own the lp version of 400 years of the violin, as played by the great Canadian/Ukrainian violinist Steven Staryk. On that set there is an ALL Wieniawski disc where he also plays the etudes for two violins. He plays both parts. At that time, I think it was the first complete recording of those etudes.

With the re-release on Orion of two of his disks and with the re-release of the Etude album on Centaur, one can only hope that this album will be released in the future.

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