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Gateway into the Beyond: Works for Solo Violin | Gramola 98006

Gateway into the Beyond: Works for Solo Violin

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Label: Gramola

Cat No: 98006

Barcode: 9003643980068

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 10th July 2020

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‘Gateway into the Beyond’ refers to the enigmatic six opening notes of the sonata by Eduard Erdmann – one of the most powerful and complex solo sonatas for violin from early classical modernism, is presented here as a premiere recording. A German album for solo violin juxtaposing four 20th-century works written between 1920 and 1943 with the second solo sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach placed at its centre. In addition to Erdmann, two composers who died during World War II are also presented in first recordings: Edmund von Borck with a compact, powerful prelude, and Heinz Schubert with a fantasy written in 1943 during abhorrent times, its flaming expression of despair amidst all the suffering virtually mystically transcending it at the same time. Paul Hindemith’s second solo sonata is a playful counterpoint to both of these existentialist works. He employs variations from Mozart and a jaunty pizzicato scherzo to creates a diversity of connections to tradition.

This album is the result of an eight-month period of intense musical collaboration between the soloist and the producer. Lucas Brunnert has proven himself to be a violinist who not only captivates with technical sovereignty, an extremely multi- facetted tone and great intensity, but also particularly understands and fulfills the spiritual, the superordinate context. The listener can experience how Eduard Erdmann’s use of Schoenberg’s free tonality, not atonality, is coherent even in the boldest passages and how Paul Hindemith’s new harmonies, evolved out of the romantic tradition, unfold an inner vitality with much unexpected humour and ingenuity.

The linear intensity and figurative virtuosity in the service of a coherent whole is strikingly evident in Bach as well as in Heinz Schubert. Bach and Expressionism enter into a relationship overflowing with excitement, in which the solo violin opens up worlds of expression unheard-of for an unaccompanied melodic instrument.

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