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Strauss / Enescu Super Audio CDPurchased

Richard Strauss' first and only sonata for violin and piano and George Enescu's third - the former as radiant, heroic and sublime as the latter is dark, melancholic and feverish. Initially, these two sonatas might seem unfit as complementary works for a recording, but after having lived with and performed both of them for several years as we have done, many common features and tendencies come to light that make the combination of Strauss and Enescu a natural choice of repertoire for our first recording as a duo.

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould repeatedly bemoaned the fact that late romantic composers neglected the intimacy and interaction of the sonata form for the benefit of the megalomaniac symphonic apparatus. Gould considered this to be a "missing link" in the history of instrumental music. One could argue that this gap in the instrumental repertoire has been filled in part by the sonatas of the two great fin-de-si├Ęcle symphonists Strauss and Enescu; these are not first and foremost duo sonatas, but full-blooded symphonic opuses for violin and piano.

It is in this transcendent quality that the two sonatas on this recording are related: both of them represent a revolutionary approach to genre, form, musical language, instrumental technique and epoch, and both works signify an important milestone in their respective creators' development as composers.

Hybrid Super Audio-CD
5.1 SURROUND + STEREO produced in 44.1kHz/24bit by Lindberg Lyd, Norway
This compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers