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César Franck & Richard Strauss: Violin Sonatas / James Ehnes, violin; Andrew Armstrong, piano

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
>Strauss, Richard : Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18
>Strauss, Richard : Allegretto for violin & piano in E major (TrV 295, AV 149)
>Strauss, Richard : Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 49
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
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Notes & Reviews:

James Ehnes and long-time musical partner Andrew Armstrong bring special insight to these works that only many years of performing together can convey. The Franck, one of the finest violin sonatas ever written, finds the composer at the height of his powers. The Strauss is the work of a young man on the cusp of finding his musical voice. The program is completed by the inventive Allegretto from the final years of Strauss's career and transcriptions of three of his most popular songs.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong make a kaleidoscope of both sonatas that reflects their almost indistinguishable elements and which, in turn, honours the profoundly romantic nature of both works... there is rarely adequate justification for a new recording of either sonata in such an overstuffed catalogue but the unqualified musicianship and transcendent phrasing certainly offer one here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (05/19/2014-05/21/2014).



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>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (05/19/2014-05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Strauss, Richard : Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (05/19/2014-05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Strauss, Richard : Allegretto for violin & piano in E major (TrV 295, AV 149)
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (05/19/2014-05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1948

>Strauss, Richard : Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (05/19/2014-05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 49
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (05/19/2014-05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (05/19/2014-05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894