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Sonata for violin and piano

'Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music' (CDA67255/6)
Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music
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Movement 1: Allegro con fuoco
Track 4 on CDA67255/6 CD1 [6'31] 2CDs
Movement 2: Intermezzo: Très lent et calme
Track 5 on CDA67255/6 CD1 [6'38] 2CDs
Movement 3: Presto tragico – Strictement la double plus lent
Track 6 on CDA67255/6 CD1 [5'22] 2CDs

Sonata for violin and piano
Poulenc wrote his two string sonatas in wartime. The first, a Sonata for violin and piano, was begun in 1942, completed in 1943 and published in 1944, dedicated to the memory of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca (1899-1936) – a victim of the Spanish Civil War. It was first played in Paris on 21 June 1943 by the young Ginette Neveu and Poulenc. Between a ‘fiery’ Allegro and a ‘tragic’ Presto of Stravinskian parentage comes an Intermezzo evoking guitar music.

from notes by Felix Aprahamian © 1999

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