Robert Kahn - Chamber Music Vol.1: Violin Sonatas
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Label: Toccata Classics
Cat No: TOCC0021
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st December 2014
WorksViolin Sonata no.1 in G minor, op.5
Violin Sonata no.2 in A minor, op.26
Violin Sonata no.3 in E major, op.30
ArtistsJulia Bushkova (violin)
Arsentiy Kharitonov (piano)
Robert Kahn, born in Mannheim in 1865, was one of the oldest Jewish composers to have to flee from Hitler – he left Germany in 1938 and settled in Biddenden in Kent, where he died in 1951. He produced a large body of gloriously attractive chamber music, expertly crafted and basically Brahmsian in style.
His three violin sonatas, written over a twenty-year-period at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, reveal a lyrical composer in the Romantic mainstream but capable of considerable formal inventiveness. This is the first recording of these highly attractive works.
Julia Bushkova, professor of the University of North Texas, was born into a family of renowned violinists in Moscow. She began study of the violin at the age of five and made her concerto debut at the age of fifteen in Poland and now appears on concert stages and in festivals all around the world.
Arsentiy Kharitonov studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music of the St Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, where his musical progress was immediate and astounding. Soon he was giving solo recitals, which featured his own compositions and brilliant improvisations, in a variety of musical styles, in addition to the standard piano repertoire. He is now based in the United States. His first two Toccata Classics CDs of the piano music (of Leo Ornstein) have attracted rapturous reviews.
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