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Niels Otto Raasted: Solo Violin Sonatas

Album Summary

>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 30/1
>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 30/2
>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 18/1
>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 18/2
>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 18/3
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Niels Otto Raasted (1888-1966) was one of the leading Danish church musicians of his time. He studied organ and composition in Leipzig with Karl Straube and Max Reger, respectively, and continued to pay homage to his German teachers throughout his career. These world première recordings of Raasted's solo violin sonatas reveal the composer's idiomatic neo-baroque style, beautifully modeled on all violinists' "Bible", the solo suites by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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So how does it hold up? Very well thank you. This is superb music that not only models itself on Bach but also steals various aspects from the master himself. When you hear this, assuming you know the Bach sonatas and partitas, you will find yourself saying, "I know that!", so easily does Raasted incorporate the ways and means of Bach's writing. His sonatas are not Bach of course - no one will ever come close to those masterpieces. But Raasted has something to say, something very important, and his music is highly intelligent, gloriously engaging and full of a baroque sensibility and fecundity that makes mentioning them in the same breath as Bach not so far-fetched.

Johannes Soe Hansen, leader of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, plays with a brilliant authority and intense understanding of this music, coupled with a tone that is rich and vibrant, perfected suited to this difficult music. The recorded sound is superb in every respect. If you have been lamenting that Bach only wrote six works in the genre, cheer up - help is here. This is one of the best albums I have heard this year.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (02/23/2010-02/25/2010).



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Works Details

>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 30/1
  • Performer: Johannes Hansen (Violin)
  • Notes: Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (02/23/2010-02/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 30/2
  • Performer: Johannes Hansen (Violin)
  • Notes: Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (02/23/2010-02/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 18/1
  • Performer: Johannes Hansen (Violin)
  • Notes: Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (02/23/2010-02/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 18/2
  • Performer: Johannes Hansen (Violin)
  • Notes: Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (02/23/2010-02/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Raasted, Niels Otto : Sonata for violin solo, Op. 18/3
  • Performer: Johannes Hansen (Violin)
  • Notes: Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (02/23/2010-02/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918