Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, known for his “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times), releases his new album, Words Fail, on Marquis Classics on October 28, 2016. Kutik was inspired to create Words Fail following musings on Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known adage, “where words fail, music speaks,” best encapsulated by Mendelssohn’s iconic Songs Without Words.
In this album, Kutik uses Mendelssohn's songs as a starting point to expand upon the idea that music surpasses traditional language in its expressive capabilities. Words Fail, recorded with pianist John Novacek, includes three of Mendelssohn’s songs, Tchaikovsky’s Song without Words, a rarely heard arrangement of Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, Prokofiev’s Five Melodies Op. 35, Messiaen’s Thème et variations, Lera Auerbach’s T'filah (Prayer), plus two works Kutik commissioned for the album: Words Fail for violin and piano by Timo Andres, with Andres performing the piano part and Arioso Doloroso/Estatico for solo violin by Michael Gandolfi. The digital version includes Stravinsky’s Pastorale and Wagner’s Albumblatt as bonus tracks. Yevgeny Kutik and composer/pianist Timo Andres will perform music from the album, including the world premiere of Gandolfi’s Arioso Doloroso/Estatico and the New York premiere of Andres’ Words Fail, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at National Sawdust.
Watch the album trailer for Words Fail:
Find the album on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.