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Julius Röntgen (1855-1932): Chamber Music, Vol. 1, works for violin & piano; solo violin / Atsuko Sahara, violin; Jaohn Lenehan, piano

Album Summary

>Röntgen, Julius : Romance for violin & piano in G minor
>Röntgen, Julius : Sonata for violin & piano in E major, Op. 40
>Röntgen, Julius : Phantasie for violin
>Röntgen, Julius : Aus Jotunheim, suite for orchestra
>Röntgen, Julius : Sonata Trilogica, for violin & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The German-Dutch composer Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) composed an astonishing number of works: 25 symphonies, seventeen concerti, 32 string quartets, sixteen string trios, fourteen piano trios, many sonatas for his five string-player sons, as well as works in almost every other genre. This vast output has at last begun to emerge from obscurity, with a number of recordings testifying to his astonishing craftsmanship and exquisite sense of melody, balancing skill and spontaneity. The works recorded here confirm his extraordinary ability to write one gorgeous tune after another. All these works are receiving their first recordings here; Aus Jotunheim, based on Norwegian folktunes and composed as a present for Grieg and his wife, was first written for violin and piano and that version gets a first recording here, too.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This music, which Röntgnen wrote in the last years of the 19th Century and the first decades of the 20th, is absolutely beautiful. The Romance in G minor is from 1920 it is very much in the style of the glorious German late 19th Century. The E-major Sonata from 1900 has beautiful duets between the voices of the piano and the voice of the violin, and brings to mind the quality and transparency of Brahms's writing for violin and piano without much in the way of thematic similarity. The Phantasie for solo violin (1921) has the brilliance of Reger and the vocal beauty of late 19th Century Italian opera. Röntgen wrote Aus Jotunheim in 1892 during the last two years of Amanda's final Illness. He dedicated the work to Edvard Grieg and his wife on their 25th wedding anniversary. The Sonata Trilogica (1925) is a jump feet first into the heart of the early 20th Century. The playing is superb: as graceful and elegant as the music demands it to be.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Music Room, Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex (03/26/2008-03/28/2008).



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>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : Romance for violin & piano in G minor
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Atsuko Sahara (Violin)
  • Notes: The Music Room, Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex (03/26/2008-03/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : Sonata for violin & piano in E major, Op. 40
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Atsuko Sahara (Violin)
  • Notes: The Music Room, Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex (03/26/2008-03/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : Phantasie for violin
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Atsuko Sahara (Violin)
  • Notes: The Music Room, Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex (03/26/2008-03/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : Aus Jotunheim, suite for orchestra
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Atsuko Sahara (Violin)
  • Notes: The Music Room, Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex (03/26/2008-03/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892-1902

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : Sonata Trilogica, for violin & piano
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Atsuko Sahara (Violin)
  • Notes: The Music Room, Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex (03/26/2008-03/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925