Echoes: Works for violin and piano
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Cat No: BIS2284
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd December 2016
WorksRomance for violin and piano, op.23
Echoes of Byzantium
Violin Sonata no.1 in A minor, op.post
Violin Sonata in E flat major, op.18 TrV151
ArtistsElena Urioste (violin)
Michael Brown (piano)
The disc opens with the only multi-movement work of the programme – Richard Strauss's expansively melodic Sonata in E flat major, written around the time when the composer met and fell in love with Pauline de Ahna, his future wife. A few years later, in Paris, Ravel made a first attempt at composing a violin sonata while still a student at the Conservatoire. The resulting piece, in one movement, had a single performance during Ravel's lifetime and was only published in 1975, as Sonate posthume. Between these two works we hear Michael Brown's Echoes of Byzantium, inspired by William Butler Yeats’s ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, and an attempt to portray the meaning of the poem through music alone. The disc closes with a piece by another American composer and pianist, Amy Beach (1867-1944). The first American woman to compose and publish a symphony (first performed in 1896), she was best-known for her songs, and her gift for melody is evident also in the 1893 Romance for violin and piano.
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