Hyperion Records

Sonata No 1

'Hartmann: Concerto funebre' (CDA67547)
Hartmann: Concerto funebre
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67547 
Movement 1: Toccata: Sehr lebhaft achtel
Movement 2: Ruhig viertel, sehr fliessend
Movement 3: Verrücht schnell, unschön spielen
Movement 4: Breit! Mit viel Ausdruck
Movement 5: Fuge (Toccata): Heiter, burschikos

Sonata No 1
The five-movement Sonata No 1 carries for superscription an unidentified quotation: ‘An die schönen Stunden denke immer’ (Always think of the good times). It begins with a wiry, energetic Toccata (a species of movement Hartmann was to favour throughout his career), whose strongly rhythmicized motivic working breaks out occasionally into cadenza-like prestissimo flurries of notes. In complete contrast, the ‘calm crotchets’ of the second movement carry an austerely lyrical melodic line, with a slightly more agitated middle section making use of triple- and quadruple-stopping. The third movement carries the curious direction Verrückt schnell, unschön spielen (insanely fast, ugly playing) and is a furious scherzo in 7/4 time characterized by dissonant double-stopping, manic repeated notes and capriciously changing rhythmic groupings. If Hartmann had a model for this extraordinary movement it was probably the Rasendes Zeitmass (Raging tempo) in Hindemith’s unaccompanied Viola Sonata, Op 25 No 1, of 1922. It comes to a shrieking climax and then a slow coda leads into the principal slow movement, marked Mit viel Ausdruck (with full expression). Here the violin spins a wonderfully flexible cantilena, the time signature changing in almost every bar, and with whole-tone inflections that suggest the influence of Debussy. Spanning the instrument’s full gamut, it mounts to its highest register and gradually descends to a peaceful close. The finale is a fugue, also subtitled ‘Toccata’, oddly characterized as Heiter, burschikos (cheerful and tomboyish) and directed to be played always staccato. This is the most neoclassical movement in conception, though Hartmann handles this most taxing of forms for a solo string instrument with a strenuous panache of his own.

from notes by Calum MacDonald İ 2007

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

Details for CDA67547 track 14
Toccata: Sehr lebhaft achtel
Recording date
14 January 2007
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Hartmann: Concerto funebre (CDA67547)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: September 2007
   English   Français   Deutsch