Violin Sonatas & Pieces by Grieg, Nielsen, Sibelius & Stenhammar
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Cat No: C913161A
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th September 2016
WorksViolin Sonata no.2 in G major, op.13
Violin Sonata no.2, op.35
Pieces (4) for violin/cello and piano, op.78
Violin Sonata in A minor, op.19
ArtistsBaiba Skride (violin)
Lauma Skride (piano)
Grieg’s Sonata introduces folk music influences into the expanded Romantic form in a completely new manner: not just as a quote or ‘tone’, but as an integral compositional element on all levels, from the dramatically erupting, cadenza-like violin solo through to the internal motivic work.
In addition to the six string quartets that Wilhelm Stenhammar penned, he left this Violin Sonata in A minor, op.19, of 1899 to posterity. While still paying tribute to the German tradition, the Sonata invokes his own mysterious ‘semi-frankness’ towards the future, which makes considerable demands upon the violin.
Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen played and composed a great deal of chamber music. While Nielsen’s works for solo violin centre on three mature sonatas with piano accompaniment, Sibelius wrote a large number of short pieces for violin and piano, often combined into groups of works, such as the four brought together here as Op.78. They represent the greatest conceivable contrast to his seven famous, large-scale symphonies. In the smaller scale form, the often erratic symphonist reveals himself as an utterly different, yet no less able composer.
In contrast, the Violin Sonata No.2, op.35, of 1912 by the Danish individualist Carl Nielsen offers the most ‘modern’ music. In a manner typical of the composer, Nielsen eschews the foundations of clearly traditional harmony and consciously experiments with shimmering tonality that naturally opens up opportunities for creating his own new tonal landscape. At the same time, the composer proves to be entirely and sensitively in tune with the times with regard to his approach to historical and musical gestures and formal concepts.
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