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Schulhoff: Violin Sonatas / Tanja Becker-Bender, violin / Markus Becker, piano

Album Summary

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Suite for violin & piano, Op 1
>Schulhoff, Erwin : Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 7/1
>Schulhoff, Erwin : Sonata for Violin solo
>Schulhoff, Erwin : Suite, for violin & piano, no 2 WV 91
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The German violinist Tanja Becker-Bender burst onto the recording scene with a dazzling set of Paganini’s Caprices that thrilled the critics. She appears here in her second disc for Hyperion accompanied by her compatriot, Markus Becker. Erwin Schulhoff was a jazz enthusiast, sometime Dadaist, surrealist and committed communist. However, Schulhoff was a more complex and wide-ranging musician than any neat tags suggest. His music for violin is often outrageously virtuosic and never less than fascinating.

“Tanja Becker-Bender can muster both impressively full tone and a not inappropriate astringent edge”-Gramophone

International Record Review
There is some challenging music here for both players and it receives performances of the highest quality, as though this music were at the very centre of the standard repertoire instead of well beyond its fringes. Tanja Becker-Bender's tonal palette is wide, not shying away in the least from the occasional healthy dig into the strings; she seems totally at home with the material

The Guardian
The performances are first-rate. Tanja Becker-Bender is the assertive, often spectacular violinist. Pianist Markus Becker does fine things with accompaniments that can sometimes seem ungrateful and predominantly supportive.

BBC Music Magazine
Tanja Becker-Benda offers absolutely stunning playing throughout this warmly recorded disc. She makes light work of the formidable technical challenges in the opening Allegro con fuoco of the Solo Sonata and brings an unexpected sense of desolation to the ensuing Andante sostenuto. Her exemplary partnership with Markus Becker reaps equally enthralling musical rewards in the other works.

Classic FM Magazine
She surfs the waves of Schulhoff's sparkling imagination with the deftest of touches...turn[ing] some of the most unpredictable and challenging violin works of the early 20th century into musical morsels of supreme naturalness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (04/03/2010-04/05/2010).



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Works Details

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Suite for violin & piano, Op 1
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Tanja Becker-Bender (Violin)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (04/03/2010-04/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 7/1
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Tanja Becker-Bender (Violin)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (04/03/2010-04/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Sonata for Violin solo
  • Performer: Tanja Becker-Bender (Violin)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (04/03/2010-04/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Suite, for violin & piano, no 2 WV 91
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Tanja Becker-Bender (Violin)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (04/03/2010-04/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927