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Ravel; Respighi; Granados: Violin Sonatas

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This disc draws together some lesser-known works by three of the 20th century's greatest composers. Ravel's Violin Sonata in G major was his final chamber work, combining the influence of blues with an austere beauty. The dramatic Violin Sonata in B minor by Respighi is a greatly underrated contribution to the repertoire, while Granados's one-movement Violin Sonata perfectly captures the composer's
extraordinary harmonic and melodic gifts in a seamless blend of traditional Romantic
language and Spanish inflections.
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  • Composer: Ravel, Respighi, Granados
  • Audio CD (December 15, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
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This disc contains two violin sonatas I'd never heard before and one that I know only cursorily. The most familiar of the three is the Ravel sonata, written over a period of several years in the 1920s. It is Ravel's last chamber music score. Most notable in the sonata is its second movement, entitled 'Blues'. It is a seductive, even sexy, thing and reminds one of the Chinese teacup scene ('Keng-ça-fou, mah-jong') in the composer's opera 'L'Enfant et les Sortilèges.' It is played with sultry allure by violinist Frederieke Saeijs and pianist Maurice Lammerts van Bueren. These two Dutch musicians are new to me but clearly they are excellent musicians. The sonata's first movement is a classically restrained semi-sonata-allegro, which is to say, that it follows the general outlines of a sonata-allegro, but with liberties. It uses bitonality and modal passages, along with high romantic harmonies, to create an airy, ethereal movement. The Finale is a moto perpetuo with the violin playing almost unceasing sixteenths notes against the piano's sharp staccato chords. Nice performance.

The Respighi Violin Sonata, from 1917, is, for all Respighi's fascination with medieval and renaissance music, a deeply romantic work. In some ways it reminds me of Richard Strauss's violin sonata, and indeed it has been coupled with that work on a recording by Kyung Wha Chung and Kristian Zimerman Strauss: Sonata For Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18 / Respighi: Sonata For Violin and Piano in B minor, P. 110 which I have not heard. It is in the three movements with a songful andante middle movement and a striking passacaglia finale.
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