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Dohnányi, Janácek: Violin Sonatas

Audio Samples

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Sonata for violin & piano in C sharp minor, Op. 21
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Ruralia Hungarica, pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 32c
>Heifetz, Jascha : Romanza, arrangement for violin & piano (after Dohnanyi's Suite for Orchestra, Op. 19)
>Janácek, Leos : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
>Janácek, Leos : Dumka, for violin & piano, JW 7/4
>Janácek, Leos : Romance, for violin & piano in E major, JW 7/3
>Janácek, Leos : Work(s)
>     Allegro (discarded from JW 7/7)
>Janácek, Leos : Po zarostiem chodnicku (On the Overgrown Path), JW 8/17
>     2. Lístek odvanuty (A Blown-Away Leaf)

Album Summary

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Sonata for violin & piano in C sharp minor, Op. 21
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Ruralia Hungarica, pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 32c
>Heifetz, Jascha : Romanza, arrangement for violin & piano (after Dohnanyi's Suite for Orchestra, Op. 19)
>Janácek, Leos : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
>Janácek, Leos : Dumka, for violin & piano, JW 7/4
>Janácek, Leos : Romance, for violin & piano in E major, JW 7/3
>Janácek, Leos : Work(s)
>Janácek, Leos : Po zarostiem chodnicku (On the Overgrown Path), JW 8/17
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Notes & Reviews:

Hagai Shaham and Arnon Erez have been enthusiastically acclaimed for their dazzling duo performances. For their latest disc, they turn to two composers who were seminal figures of Eastern European music during the early twentieth century. In the first days of World War I, Dohnanyi's native Hungary was invaded by the Russian army. This portentous event provided the creative spark for Leos Janacek's Violin Sonata (his only surviving violin sonata; two very early ones he composed in Dresden and Vienna in 1880 are lost). Other works by Janacek in this recital include early pieces from his student years and an arrangement of the delicate mood study "A blown-away Leaf " from his celebrated piano work, On the Overgrown Path.

'[Dohnányi] The strongly Brahmsian Sonata is given a warm and affectionate reading, the central variation movement imaginatively characterised with Shaham's honeyed tone proving an ideal foil for Arnon Erez's bold and dynamic piano playing. But it's the more folksy Ruralia hungarica that draws the most compelling performance, Shaham negotiating the challenging violin pyrotechnics of the outer movements with impressive powerhouse playing as well as delivering a wonderfully atmospheric Andante rubato alla Zingaresca' (BBC Music Magazine)

'[Dohnányi Sonata] Shaham and Erez give an excellent performance, Shaham's seductive tone and elegant phrasing being well matched by Erez's sensitive touch. The Ruralia hungarica pieces show the composer's more nationalistic side but are still farily traditional in their approach to folk material. Shaham is in his element here - the brilliant final piece carefree and dashing in style, the preceding, improvisatory Andante rubato alla zingaresca graceful and stylish' (Gramophone)

'Hagai Shaham gives a deliciously rich and eloquent account of Dohnányi's Violin Sonata ... it is thrilling, captivating playing, joyous and tender ... There are sumptuous moments in Janacek's Sonata, too, but this is darker stuff, and Shaham brings to it a gentle sensibility ... The rapport between Shaham and Arnon Erez, itself a notable feature of the disc, is quite wonderful in the tricky ensemble and fractured discourse of this sonata' (The Strad)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel (01/04/2009-01/06/2009).



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Works Details

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Sonata for violin & piano in C sharp minor, Op. 21
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 11/24/1911

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Ruralia Hungarica, pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 32c
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Heifetz, Jascha : Romanza, arrangement for violin & piano (after Dohnányí's Suite for Orchestra, Op. 19)
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1974

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Dumka, for violin & piano, JW 7/4
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1879-80

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Romance, for violin & piano in E major, JW 7/3
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Work(s) :: Allegro (discarded from JW 7/7)
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Po zarostiém chodnícku (On the Overgrown Path), JW 8/17 :: 2. Lístek odvanuty (A Blown-Away Leaf)
  • Performers: Arnon Erez (Piano); Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911