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Arthur Honegger: Complete Violin Sonatas

> Violin Sonata in D minor, H. 3 - I. Largo
> Violin Sonata in D minor, H. 3 - II. Molto adagio
> Violin Sonata in D minor, H. 3 - III. Sostenuto
> Violin Sonata No. 1, H. 17 - I. Andante sostenuto
> Violin Sonata No. 1, H. 17 - II. Presto
> Violin Sonata No. 1, H. 17 - III. Adagio - Quasi allegro - Allegro assai - Adagio
> Violin Sonata No. 2, H. 24 - I. Allegro cantabile
> Violin Sonata No. 2, H. 24 - II. Larghetto
> Violin Sonata No. 2, H. 24 - III. Vivace assai
> Violin Sonata, H. 143 - I. Allegro
> Violin Sonata, H. 143 - II. Largo
> Violin Sonata, H. 143 - III. Allegretto grazioso
> Violin Sonata, H. 143 - IV. Presto

Album Summary

>Honegger, Arthur : Sonata for violin & piano no 3 in C major, H. vi/3
>Honegger, Arthur : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in C sharp minor, H. 17
>Honegger, Arthur : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in B major, H. 24
>Honegger, Arthur : Sonata for solo violin in D minor, H. 143
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Notes & Reviews:

Arthur Honegger is best known for his large-scale oratorios and orchestral works. However, the three Sonatas for Violin and Piano, and the Sonata for Solo Violin, reveal his mastery of intimate forms and ability to combine Germanic traditions with early 20th-century innovations. Spanning nearly thirty years, these alternately passionate and sober, forceful and nostalgic works display Honegger’s lyrical and virtuosic writing for his own instrument. Laurence Kayaleh plays a 1742 Guarnerius violin whose rich singing tone can also be enjoyed on her and Paul Stewart’s acclaimed Naxos recordings of Medtner’s music for violin and piano (NXS 8570298 and NXS 8570299).

"Listeners who have an interest in the composer, in 20th-century violin music, or in chamber music should find them ingratiating and nearly irresistible." -Fanfare

"The most extraordinary work here is the Sonata for solo violin in D minor, H. 143, composed in 1940 and clearly a response to the outbreak of war. It is a fusion of Honegger’s own language with that of Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas for solo violin, and it demands considerable traction from the soloist. Laurence Kayaleh, a young violinist who teaches at the University of Montreal, has specialized in national chamber works of the first half of the twentieth century, and she does Honegger proud, with unflagging long lines and a beautiful tone on her 1742 Guarneri instrument. Recommended." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Pollack Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill Universi (12/19/2008-12/21/2008).



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>Honegger, Arthur : Sonata for violin & piano no 3 in C major, H. vi/3
  • Performers: Laurence Kayaleh (Violin); Paul Stewart (Piano)
  • Notes: Pollack Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (12/19/2008-12/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Honegger, Arthur : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in C sharp minor, H. 17
  • Performers: Paul Stewart (Piano); Laurence Kayaleh (Violin)
  • Notes: Pollack Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (12/19/2008-12/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916-1918

>Honegger, Arthur : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in B major, H. 24
  • Performers: Laurence Kayaleh (Violin); Paul Stewart (Piano)
  • Notes: Pollack Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (12/19/2008-12/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Honegger, Arthur : Sonata for solo violin in D minor, H. 143
  • Performers: Laurence Kayaleh (Violin); Paul Stewart (Piano)
  • Notes: Pollack Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (12/19/2008-12/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940