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Debussy, Elgar, Respighi & Sibelius: Violin Sonatas

James Ehnes - Andrew Armstrong

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The three violin sonatas on James Ehnes' and Andrew Armstrong's 2016 release on Onyx Classics were composed between 1915 and 1919, the first being Claude Debussy's Violin Sonata in G minor, followed chronologically by Ottorino Respighi's Violin Sonata in B minor and Edward Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor. These works, along with the Berceuse of Jean Sibelius, which dates from the same period, were composed in the midst of World War I and its grim aftermath, yet there is little in these pieces to show the trauma of that war and the hardships it brought. Indeed, they resist categorization as "war sonatas," and instead reflect the late Romanticism of the belle époque, rather than the modernism of the same time period. Because these works share lush harmonies, gentle moods, and more or less conventional tonality, they are accessible to listeners today who crave a traditional approach in their chamber music. Even so, these pieces have fallen into relative obscurity, notwithstanding their obvious appeal, so Ehnes and Armstrong have performed a valuable service by making them available on this album. Their performances are highly expressive and tinged with melancholy and nostalgia, which are appropriate for the style, though there isn't a trace of sentimentality. Onyx provides clear and roomy sound, and the recording captures every note, even in the softest passages.
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1
Violin Sonata in G Minor, L. 140: I. Allegro vivo
James Ehnes
00:04:42

Claude Debussy, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd.

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Violin Sonata in G Minor, L. 140: II. Intermede - Fastaque et leger
James Ehnes
00:04:10

Claude Debussy, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

3
Violin Sonata in G Minor, L. 140: III. Finale - Très animé
James Ehnes
00:04:30

Claude Debussy, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics

4
Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82: I. Allegro
James Ehnes
00:08:31

Edward Elgar, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

5
Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82: II. Romance - Andante
James Ehnes
00:08:28

Edward Elgar, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

6
Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82: III. Allegro non troppo
James Ehnes
00:09:32

Edward Elgar, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd.

7
Violin Sonata in B Minor, P. 110: I. Moderato
James Ehnes
00:09:30

Ottorino Respighi, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

8
Violin Sonata in B Minor, P. 110: II. Andante espressivo
James Ehnes
00:09:03

Ottorino Respighi, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

9
Violin Sonata in B Minor, P. 110: III. Passacaglia - Allegro moderato ma energico
James Ehnes
00:07:43

Ottorino Respighi, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM CLassics Ltd.

10
10 Pensées Lyriques, Op. 40: V. Berceuse
James Ehnes
00:02:45

Jean Sibelius, Composer - James Ehnes, MainArtist - Andrew Armstrong, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics

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The three violin sonatas on James Ehnes' and Andrew Armstrong's 2016 release on Onyx Classics were composed between 1915 and 1919, the first being Claude Debussy's Violin Sonata in G minor, followed chronologically by Ottorino Respighi's Violin Sonata in B minor and Edward Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor. These works, along with the Berceuse of Jean Sibelius, which dates from the same period, were composed in the midst of World War I and its grim aftermath, yet there is little in these pieces to show the trauma of that war and the hardships it brought. Indeed, they resist categorization as "war sonatas," and instead reflect the late Romanticism of the belle époque, rather than the modernism of the same time period. Because these works share lush harmonies, gentle moods, and more or less conventional tonality, they are accessible to listeners today who crave a traditional approach in their chamber music. Even so, these pieces have fallen into relative obscurity, notwithstanding their obvious appeal, so Ehnes and Armstrong have performed a valuable service by making them available on this album. Their performances are highly expressive and tinged with melancholy and nostalgia, which are appropriate for the style, though there isn't a trace of sentimentality. Onyx provides clear and roomy sound, and the recording captures every note, even in the softest passages.
© TiVo

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