Antheil - Violin Sonatas 1-4 | Naxos - American Classics 8559937

Antheil - Violin Sonatas 1-4


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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559937

Barcode: 0636943993729

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 16th June 2023



Tianwa Yang (violin)
Nicholas Rimmer (piano, drums)


Antheil, George

Violin Sonata no.1
Violin Sonata no.2
Violin Sonata no.3
Violin Sonata no.4


Tianwa Yang (violin)
Nicholas Rimmer (piano, drums)


New Jersey-born George Antheil traveled to Europe in 1922 determined to become “noted and notorious” as a pianist-composer, soon gaining a reputation as the “bad boy of music” with works such as the infamous Ballet mécanique. The first three violin sonatas come from this period, with the eclectic Violin Sonata no.1 displaying the fiercely barbaric influence of Stravinsky, and the more jazzy no.2 developing experiments in “musical cubism”. His Violin Sonata no.3 achieves a synthesis of Stravinskian rhythms and Antheil’s more song-like tendencies, while the later no.4 is built on Classical and Baroque models.

George Antheil is best remembered for his deliberately shocking orchestral score Ballet mécanique, composed during his avantgarde earlier years in 1920s Paris. The four Violin Sonatas represent both this daring early period and his more Romantic but still spikily stimulating output after his return to the US in 1936. Antheil’s Violin Sonatas have been recorded before, but complete editions are something of a rarity.

Critically acclaimed violinist Tianwa Yang has twice been the winner of the prestigious Opus Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year Award (Violin) – in 2022 for Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos nos. 1 and 2 (Naxos 8574107), and in 2015 for Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, op.27 (Naxos 8572995). In 2014 she received the Best Upand- Coming Artist Award and the annual prize of the German Record Critics’ Award Association for her recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concertos (Naxos 8572662) and her multiple volumes of Sarasate’s complete works for violin. She has performed worldwide with major orchestras including the Seattle, Detroit, Baltimore, Malmö, Singapore, New Zealand, WDR Cologne, MDR Leipzig and Frankfurt Radio symphonies, in addition to the Gürzenich Orchester Köln and Bayerisches Staatsorchester, and the London, Helsinki and Hong Kong philharmonics.

As a critically acclaimed recording artist for Naxos, Tianwa Yang’s releases include Brahms’s Violin Concerto and Double Concerto with DSO Berlin, Antoni Wit and cellist, Gabriel Schwabe (8573772), and two highly acclaimed volumes of the Complete Music for Violin and Orchestra by Wolfgang Rihm (8573812 and 8573667). Considered the world’s best interpreter of the music of Sarasate since Heifetz, her complete music for violin and orchestra and for violin and piano by Sarasate have been released as two complete boxed sets by Naxos (8504054 and 8504046). The Best of Tianwa Yang (8578317) has become an industry bestseller.

Pianist Nicholas Rimmer has appeared in many major concert venues such as Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zürich and the Philharmonie Berlin. He has appeared as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie and the Swiss Chamber Orchestra CHAARTS. His varied discography numbers over 20 albums and includes three recordings for Naxos. His collaborative partnerships with Gabriel Schwabe and Tianwa Yang have resulted in acclaimed recordings of Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm; the latter (8572730) received a Diapason d’Or, a Pizzicato Supersonic Award and an International Record Review Outstanding Award.

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