Times Two, Violin & Piano Duo

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What happens when you take two accomplished orchestral and chamber players, give them a studio and engineer, a pile of great works and the time to record them? The answer is that it's a multiple of what you might expect - it's at least Times Two...

That's exactly what Netanel Draiblate, Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Lura Johnson, Pianist for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra did. They recorded pieces by Grieg, Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Prokofiev. Azica Records did the recording, and now their production, Perspectives, has been released as a CD. It will be available in online versions as well.

Their first concert in September introduced the ensemble and their recording to the public as the season opener for Ms. Johnson's own concert series, Music in the Great Hall, now in its 40th season. The concert was held in the Great Hall of the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, where the series has been located since 1989, and also featured a special reception and CD signing by the artists. It kicked off a series of concerts by the duo.

Both musicians are graduates of the Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Draiblate having studied with Pamela Frank and Ms. Johnson with Leon Fleisher. Both have active teaching careers as well as their orchestral responsibilities and their chamber music-making. Mr. Draiblate recently returned from a tour of Brazil where he was both a soloist and Guest Concertmaster with the National Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Cohen and Ms. Johnson just finished a string of concerts with Baltimore Symphony Concertmaster Jonathan Carney in the Northeastern states of the US.

Further information is available at www.chesapeakeartists.com

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    Reviews
    Pure Virtuosity ... Impressive ... a Fine Recording
    2014-05-22 infodad.com,
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      ... The CD concludes, unsurprisingly, with a bit of pure virtuosity, Kreisler's La Gitana, which Draiblate handles with aplomb, tossing the phrases about readily and managing the difficult fingerings with apparent ease.  This is a fine recording ...
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      They have me eating out of their hands.
       American Record Guide (April/May 2014),
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        (re the Mendelssohn Sonata)... Draiblate and Johnson rise to the task and give a very lovely reading ...
        (re Elgar's Salut d-Amour) ... They manage to ebb, flow, pull, and push to the furthest extreme without disturbing or distorting the line or exceeding the boundaries of good taste.  They apply the same kind of freedom to the Grieg F-major Sonata, which makes it a very exciting and engaging reading. ...
        They have me eating out of their hands.  I look forward to hearing more recordings by these musicians
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        (Elane Fine)
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         Baltimore Sun ,
        "Johnson summoned impressive bravura as needed – Chausson demands a lot of it – and balanced that with considerable nuance. The six musicians maintained tight rapport as they tapped into the Concert's Brahmsian heat and French elegance. In the Grave movement, they also achieved a remarkable richness of expression that cast quite a spell …" "
        (Tim Smith)
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        2010-07-16 Baltimore Jewish Times,
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          "Netanel is an extremely gifted and natural violinist. He has a strong stage personality and charisma. He is very musical, and has that 'inner fire' that makes his performances captivating. He is a true virtuoso and very versatile, with a lively personality and sense of humor."

           

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          (Anna Lippe)
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          2012-02-25 Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,
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            Draiblate had all the technique the piece called for, and more. In the first movement cadenza, which Draiblate wrote, he brought out all kinds of tricky maneuvers while fitting in with the piece's style and content. But he wore the soloist's mantle lightly and that made the performance special. The performance was also a crowd pleaser, bringing the audience to its feet." 

             

             

             

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            (Elizabeth Patton)
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