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Paul Juon (1872-1940): Chamber Music with viola / Roswitha Killian, viola; Fumiko Shiraga, piano; Rupert Wachter, clarinet

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> Viola Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 15 - I. Moderato
> Viola Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 15 - II. Adagio assai e molto cantabile
> Viola Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 15 - III. Allegro moderato
> Viola Sonata in D Major, Op. 82 - Viola Sonata in D Major, Op. 82
> Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 7 - Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 7: II. Romanza
> Trio Miniatures, Op. 18 - I. Reverie
> Trio Miniatures, Op. 18 - II. Humoreske
> Trio Miniatures, Op. 18 - III. Elegie
> Trio Miniatures, Op. 18 - IV. Danse phantastique

Album Summary

>Juon, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano in D major, Op. 15
>Juon, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano in F minor, Op. 82a
>Juon, Paul : Romanze for viola & piano, Op. 7 (after 2nd movt. Violin Sonata)
>Juon, Paul : Trio-Miniaturen, for violin, cello & piano (from Opp. 18 & 24)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Paul Juon was in many respects a 'traveler between the worlds.' Not only geographically and culturally between East and West but also musically between Romanticism and Modernism. Perhaps it was Claus-Christian Schuster, the first pianist of Vienna's Altenberg Trio, who most successfully characterized Juon's music, which cannot be assigned to any school or trend, when he wrote: 'The shadow of homelessness falls on his works as well as on his life: not a Swiss, not a Russian, not a German; not a Romanticist, not a modern composer, not a folklorist - but yet a bit of all of them, and beyond that, in an engaging manner, a sincere and humanly impressive personality.'

Paul Juon was in many respects a 'traveler between the worlds.' Not only geographically and culturally between East and West but also musically between Romanticism and Modernism. Perhaps it was Claus-Christian Schuster, the first pianist of Vienna's Altenberg Trio, who most successfully characterized Juon's music, which cannot be assigned to any school or trend, when he wrote: 'The shadow of homelessness falls on his works as well as on his life: not a Swiss, not a Russian, not a German; not a Romanticist, not a modern composer, not a folklorist - but yet a bit of all of them, and beyond that, in an engaging manner, a sincere and humanly impressive personality.'

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Paul Juon (1872-1940) was born in Moscow of Swiss ancestry; he grew up in Russia and loved Russian folk music. He later moved to Berlin and ended up in Switzerland. His music is full of poetic beauty and a kind of searching character, romantic in mood. The two viola sonatas are major works. Like many of Juon's compositions, they exist in various settings. Op. 82 is also a clarinet sonata, thus the distinction of Op. 82a for the viola version. The Romance, Op. 7a may be found as Op. 7b for cello and piano, while the original Op. 7 is a violin sonata. The Trio Miniatures, here played on viola, clarinet, and piano, originated in pieces for piano and piano four-hands. The composer elaborated on the originals for these versions, and in this form they have become some of his most popular and most folk-oriented pieces. Most of the present program is also convincing. Most of the time this is an enjoyable program.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Toscana Saal der Residenz in Würzburg (09/24/2012-09/25/2012).



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>Juon, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano in D major, Op. 15
  • Performers: Roswitha Killian (Viola); Fumiko Shiraga (Piano)
  • Notes: Toscana Saal der Residenz in Würzburg (09/24/2012-09/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Juon, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano in F minor, Op. 82a
  • Performers: Roswitha Killian (Viola); Fumiko Shiraga (Piano)
  • Notes: Toscana Saal der Residenz in Würzburg (09/24/2012-09/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Juon, Paul : Romanze for viola & piano, Op. 7 (after 2nd movt. Violin Sonata)
  • Performers: Roswitha Killian (Viola); Fumiko Shiraga (Piano); Rupert Wachter (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Toscana Saal der Residenz in Würzburg (09/24/2012-09/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Juon, Paul : Trio-Miniaturen, for violin, cello & piano (from Opp. 18 & 24)
  • Performers: Roswitha Killian (Viola); Fumiko Shiraga (Piano); Rupert Wachter (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Toscana Saal der Residenz in Würzburg (09/24/2012-09/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920