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Schumann: Violin Sonatas 1-3 / Ilya Gringolts

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, WoO 27

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, WoO 27
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Notes & Reviews:

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth, Onyx presents two discs of his music for violin, played by two of today's finest violinists. Ilya Gringolts (in his debut recording for the label) is featured in a program of Schumann's three sonatas. Accompanied by pianist Peter Laul, Gringolts offers glowing interpretations of these staples of the chamber music repertoire. Philippe Graffin's fascinating new Onyx disc features unusual and intelligent programming from one of the most insightful and inquisitive violinists of our time. Graffin's second recording for the label sees him partnered once again with pianist Claire Desert, this time in Schumann's highly charged second sonata and the delightful Romances by Clara Schumann, composed for Joseph Joachim. The concerto is a rarity - not the D minor violin concerto, but the composer's own arrangement of his much-loved concerto for cello.

The Guardian
Ilya Gringolts's dark, smoky violin tone suits the introspection of the three works perfectly. He and pianist Peter Laul do not attempt to impose themselves on the music...but instead seek out the moments when Schumann's individuality and lyrical invention are most obvious.

Sunday Telegraph
Ilya Gringolts and Peter Laul give a poetic, animated performance of the Sonata No 1 in A minor that makes Schumann's lack of enthusiasm for the piece all the more inexplicable...[they] embrace its strangeness with flair.

Sunday Times
Gringolts and Laul make a strong case for this bittersweet music...they have an intimate rapport and innate feeling for the undemonstrative yet deeply emotional content of this glorious music, providing three of the most live-withable accounts of these masterpieces in recent recording history.

Financial Times
Gringolts, one of the most inspirational violinists around today, plays with panache and sensitivity, his partnership with pianist Peter Laul reaching heady heights in the slow movement of the second sonata, the most Janus-faced of all.

BBC Music Magazine
Gringolts shapes the music admirably well throughout.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Crear Studio, Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland (11/23/2009-11/24/2009).



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>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  • Performers: Ilya Gringolts (Violin); Peter Laul (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear Studio, Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland (11/23/2009-11/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
  • Performers: Ilya Gringolts (Violin); Peter Laul (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear Studio, Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland (11/23/2009-11/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, WoO 27
  • Performers: Ilya Gringolts (Violin); Peter Laul (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear Studio, Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland (11/23/2009-11/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853