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Schnittke: Violin Sonatas / Carolyn Huebl, violin; Mark Wait, piano

> Violin Sonata No. 1 - I. Andante
> Violin Sonata No. 1 - II. Allegretto
> Violin Sonata No. 1 - III. Largo
> Violin Sonata No. 1 - IV. Allegretto scherzando
> Violin Sonata No. 2, "Quasi una Sonata" - Violin Sonata No. 2, "Quasi una Sonata"
> Violin Sonata No. 3 - I. Andante
> Violin Sonata No. 3 - II. Allegro [molto]
> Violin Sonata No. 3 - III. Adagio
> Violin Sonata No. 3 - IV. Senza tempo (tempo libre, ma inquieto)
> Violin Sonata 1955 - I. [Allegro moderato]
> Violin Sonata 1955 - II. Andante

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1
>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 ("Quasi una sonata")
>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for violin & piano no 3
>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for violin & piano (1955)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The violin sonatas by Alfred Schnittke extend over his whole career. The First Sonata is among his earliest major pieces while the Second Sonata typifies the confrontational manner of the works that followed. The much later Third Sonata possesses the sparseness found in the music from the composer's last decade, paradoxically shared with a violin sonata that Schnittke wrote as a student in 1954 and 1955, and that was only discovered after his death.

Pizzicato
In their sovereign play each note is satisfied, and Schnittke's music brings emotional states, his grimaces and his lyrical moments fascinating expression.

Art Now Nashville
Huebl and Wait give a performance that is thoughtful and intensely in the moment. Huebl sends searing violin notes soaring into the stratosphere in the first movement, and she probes every dark emotional corner in the Adagio. The duo plays the finale with the spontaneity of an improvisation.

MusicWeb International
There is a handful of recordings of these four works individually. But none in the current catalogue which nicely groups all three as this one does. That alone makes it a good choice. The acoustic is clean and close. The notes with the booklet are illuminating. All in all a sympathetic, revealing and enduring set of performances that can only enhance Schnittke's reputation. Don't hesitate.

Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
The violin sonatas are excellently representative Schnittke. The 1955 work a fascinating look at his early beginnings, the first through third sonatas masterpieces of 20th century chamber arts. Ms Huebl and Mr Wait do an excellent job bringing out the nuances of these very complex and vital works. The sound is very good as well. It's a treasure trove for an Schnittke enthusiast; it also serves as a good introduction to his music for anyone unfamiliar with it. At the Naxos price the disk is especially attractive!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt Universi (2009-06-01_2009-06-04&2009-).



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>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1
  • Performers: Carolyn Huebl (Violin); Mark Wait (Piano)
  • Notes: Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (2009-06-01_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 ("Quasi una sonata")
  • Performers: Carolyn Huebl (Violin); Mark Wait (Piano)
  • Notes: Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (2009-06-01_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968

>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for violin & piano no 3
  • Performers: Carolyn Huebl (Violin); Mark Wait (Piano)
  • Notes: Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (2009-06-01_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for violin & piano (1955)
  • Performers: Carolyn Huebl (Violin); Mark Wait (Piano)
  • Notes: Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (2009-06-01_2009-06-04&2009-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1954-1955