Kolbjørn Holthe & Tor Espen Aspaas

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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. 5.1 SURROUND + STEREO produced in 44.1kHz/16bit by Lindberg Lyd, Norway, 2005
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1. STRAUSS Sonata In E Flat Major, op 18, I. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo 00:11:20 3.10 USD
Main artist Kolbjørn Holthe & Tor Espen Aspaas
Composer Richard Strauss
Performers Tor Espen Aspaas | Kolbjørn Holthe
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
2. STRAUSS Sonata In E Flat Major, op 18, II. Improvisation. Andante Cantabile 00:09:05 2.80 USD
Main artist Kolbjørn Holthe & Tor Espen Aspaas
Composer Richard Strauss
Performers Tor Espen Aspaas | Kolbjørn Holthe
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
3. STRAUSS Sonata In E Flat Major, op 18, III. Finale. Andante - Allegro 00:09:07 2.80 USD
Main artist Kolbjørn Holthe & Tor Espen Aspaas
Composer Richard Strauss
Performers Tor Espen Aspaas | Kolbjørn Holthe
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
4. ENESCU Sonata In A Minor, op 25, I. Moderato Malinconico 00:09:10 2.80 USD
Main artist Kolbjørn Holthe & Tor Espen Aspaas
Composer George Enescu
Performers Tor Espen Aspaas | Kolbjørn Holthe
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
5. ENESCU Sonata In A Minor, op 25, II. Andante Sostenuto E Misterioso 00:09:08 2.80 USD
Main artist Kolbjørn Holthe & Tor Espen Aspaas
Composer George Enescu
Performers Tor Espen Aspaas | Kolbjørn Holthe
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
6. ENESCU Sonata In A Minor, op 25, III. Allegro Con Brio, Ma Non Troppo Mosso 00:07:59 2.80 USD
Main artist Kolbjørn Holthe & Tor Espen Aspaas
Composer George Enescu
Performers Tor Espen Aspaas | Kolbjørn Holthe
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS