Friedrich Kuhlau - Violin Sonatas Vol.1
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Cat No: 8226082
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st September 2014
The German composer Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832) fled to Denmark as a young man and with his strong cosmopolitan personality became both a loner and a key figure in the Danish Golden Age. Kuhlau was a great admirer of the slightly older Beethoven and thus championed new tones in Danish music.
His masterful and melodically appealing violin sonatas became the first Danish sonatas in the Romantic style, and with this recording Duo Åstrand/Salo lends new lustre to music that has only rarely been performed in our time.
Duo Åstrand/Salo consists of Christina Åstrand (violin) and Per Salo (piano), who are both members of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, respectively as concertmaster and pianist/organist. Åstrand is one of the most notable violinists in Scandinavia today. As a soloist she regularly appears with the leading symphony orchestras in Scandinavia. Many Danish composers have written works for her or dedicated them to her, and she is one of the few violinists in the world who has Györgi Ligeti’s violin concerto in her repertoire.
Danish music enjoys a privileged place in the duo’s repertoire. In 2007 the duo’s CD of Carl Nielsen’s violin sonatas won two prizes at the Danish Music Awards, and in 2009 they released a critically acclaimed CD with the three violin sonatas of the Danish Romantic composer Niels W Gade.
As soloists, Åstrand and Salo have each recorded violin and piano concertos by Per Nørgård on CD for Chandos, as well as Emil Hartmann’s violin and piano concertos for Dacapo. Åstrand is also the soloist on a Dacapo CD in three Danish Romantic violin concertos by Niels W Gade, P E Lange-Müller and Rued Langgaard, while Salo appears as the piano soloist on the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s CD recording of Rued Langgaard’s Third Symphony conducted by Thomas Dausgaard.
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