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Sonata for violin and piano in C major

'Hahn: Chamber Music' (CDH55379)
Hahn: Chamber Music
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Movement 1: Sans lenteur, tendrement
Track 1 on CDH55379 [8'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Véloce
Track 2 on CDH55379 [3'07] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Modéré, très à l'aise, au gré de l'interprète
Track 3 on CDH55379 [8'48] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Sonata for violin and piano in C major
The sound world of the C major Violin Sonata of 1926 assuredly visits the Fauré of fifty years earlier, the opening movement’s easy lyricism and textural transparency bearing a kinship with the elder French musician’s A major Sonata of 1877. Structurally set in a traditional sonata form, both of the themes of the opening movement (Sans lenteur, tendrement) are imbued with Gallic restraint and supple expressivity. The second movement, Véloce (in ternary form with a harp-like central portion), skits across its scherzo terrain with lucidity and no little verve, and an unusual concluding Modéré movement (marked très à l’aise, au gré de l’interprète) is for the most part gentle, melancholic and nostalgic. Such sorrowfulness is broken only by the urgency of a central (interrupted) climax and then (following a wonderfully hypnotic moment of harmonic ‘questioning’) by a foreshortened reprise of the sonata’s opening as the dark clouds of nostalgic longing are dispersed.

from notes by Jeremy Filsell © 2004

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