Not your typical Deutsche Grammaphon release, this disc is of a genre in which classical musicians toy with pop music arrangements (in this case two violins, piano, and bass) as well as a few showpieces. Such novelties when done carelessly (evidence the plethora of string quartet arrangements of rock music) it can be tedious but with clever arrangements and energetic musicians they can be marvelously entertaining. This disc is in the latter category.
This traverses some of the territory of the late great Yehudi Menuhin and his collaborations with the likes of Stephane Grappelli among others. This spirit of exploring the fun side of classical music (so to say) is very much present here. The virtuosity of the selections by Fritz Kreisler and Henryk Wieniawski are contrasted with virtuosity of variations written and arranged by the Janoskas. Add a cello and I’d love to hear these guys do the Schubert Trout Quintet. They rock in their way.
Here are the track names:
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Yesterday (Lennon and McCartney)
Praeludium and Allegro in the style of G. Pugnani (Kreisler)
Hello Prince! (Roman Janoska)
Len’s Dance (Frantisek Janowska)
Night and Day (Porter)
Penny Lane (Lennon and McCartney)
Variations on an Original Theme (Wieniawski)
Let it Be (Lennon and McCartney)
The ensemble consists of Ondrej Janoska, violin; Roman Janoska, violin; Frantisek Janoska, piano; and Julius Darvas, double bass. Nothing truly “revolutionary” here except for the title but fun and entertainment certainly are.