Liszt Imagination - „Mephisto Walzer on String“
Transcriptions and Composition by André Parfenov for Violin and Piano
The Parfenov Duo manages to revive the atmosphere of an era in which Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin themselves would walk on stage, take a seat at the grand piano and present the works they had just finished composing. The emotion and energy of the person who created the piece being performed is special and unique.
That is how you can experience André Parfenov, with equally impressive music, as a composer and soloist. His music is rich in imagery and descriptive, and by intermingling atonal elements with parts full of harmony and melodiousness, he always makes it seem new and fresh.
“Within the works interpreted by Münch and Parfenov, they undergo […] the same developments and dynamics, in wonderful harmony with one another.”
“In him, we have a highly virtuosic pianist with incredible presence on stage. There is something in his playing which enthralls people.”
“… Parfenov is a composer who likes to wear many different masks, commenting on the action. He also likes to surprise his listeners.”
“… but Parfenov, who led his compact orchestra of Iuliana Münch (violin), winds and percussion of the Lower Rhenish Symphony Orchestra with bravura, used an appropriately broad musical vocabulary…”
“The pianist performed his own arrangement of the Finale of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C-Major Op. 21. The fact that he is a brilliant pianist was abundantly clear, given the many technical challenges.”
“Juliana [sic] Münch’s playing enthralls; André Parfenov accompanies her with intensity, paying close attention to his partner.”
“André Parfenov is not only a great pianist, but also a wonderfully versatile composer. Surely we will hear of him more frequently in the near future.”
“Another composition uses elements from Prokofiev’s Cinderella. Parfenov and Münch, by the way, were granted exclusive performance rights by the Prokofiev family.”
“The way in which the two musicians bring the contrasting effects to a point, intensifying the tension with subtle tempo changes and dynamic nuances in every measure, going straight for the punch-line and questioning structures, reveals anything but ‘conventionality’.”
“Thus, the sound colors sparkle without glaring, and emotions flow freely.”
“Parfenov’s preference for percussive effects, symphonic vehemence of sound and flashing sforzati is obvious. Iuliana Münch’s energetic violin playing forms an intense counterpart. Her tone seems powerful and well-grounded while displaying crystal-clear precision.”
“… not only at an impressively high level, but also with a good measure of wit and humor and the successful attempt to destroy the atonal image which modern music has, scaring off many listeners.”