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Duo, Op 43
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In 1937, Pfitzner composed his Duo, Op 43, for violin, cello and small orchestra, dedicating it to the violinist Max Strub and cellist Ludwig Hoelscher. It is a single movement in three distinct sections: the first is a stern and serious Allegro moderato; this is followed by a slow section, much of it in recitative-like dialogue between the two soloists; and finally the music turns to A major for the closing section, moderately fast, in triple time. This is a work with moments of great charm, even if it doesn’t quite match the memorable character of the cello concertos.

from notes by Nigel Simeone © 2014

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