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Elgar, Debussy & Respighi: Violin Sonatas; Sibelius: Berceuse, Op. 79/6 / James Ehnes, violin; Andrew Armstrong, piano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82
>Respighi, Ottorino : Sonata for violin & piano, in B minor, P. 110
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces, Op. 79
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Notes & Reviews:

After the rapturous critical reception for their Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong turn their attention to three works from the World War I era. Sir Edward Elgar wrote his Violin Sonata in 1918 at the country house in West Sussex that Lady Elgar had acquired to aid in her ailing husband's recuperation. Debussy's Violin Sonata was one of very few works he composed during the war. Respighi's Violin Sonata inhabits a heroic late romantic world, seemingly unscathed by the devastation.

The Guardian, 17/01/2016
Debussy, Elgar and Respighi don't usually come up in the same sentence, but all wrote their violin sonatas during or immediately following the first world war. James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong make of them a satisfying recital disc that showcases Ehnes's warm tone and purposeful phrasing.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
This programme of First World War-era violin sonatas is about much more than just ravishing sounds. Ehnes and Armstrong are intensely communicative duo partners and both can draw on a limitless palette of colours. They've chosen to bring out the darker facets of these three troubled works.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
This is a radiantly engineered album of music composed around the time of the Great War, played with beguiling elegance by James Ehnes and regular playing partner Andrew Armstrong.

MusicWeb International, May 2016
A well-conceived programme in first class performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (06/02/2015-06/04/2015); Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (12/05/2015).



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>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (06/02/2015-06/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (06/02/2015-06/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Respighi, Ottorino : Sonata for violin & piano, in B minor, P. 110
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (06/02/2015-06/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces, Op. 79 :: Berceuse, Op. 79/6
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1917