In these twentieth-century sonatas, from the late Romantic and expressionistic Valen, through Stravinsky’s neoclassical period, to Lutoslawski’s more modernistic style, the three composers are searching for inspiration in the past – Valen in the rigours of Bach’s counterpoint, Stravinsky in antique verse forms such as we find in Virgil, and Lutoslawski in Baroque music. These interactions with artistic models from earlier times result in three highly individual compositions, each appealing both to the heart and to the mind.
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Morten Lindberg, Beatrice Johannessen
Sofienberg Church, Norway January 2016
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|Release Date||August 29, 2019|
On Interactions, we are treated to three very interesting compositions of the 20th century. All three are for violin and piano. Are three are very nicely performed by violinist Bard Monsen and pianist Gunnar Flagstad…[Discussion of works]
Lutoslawski’s Partita for Violin and Piano (1984) is altogether a more challenging work to get one’s head wrapped around. It was first performed in the Autumn of 1984 by Pinchas Zukerman and Marc Neikrug, for whom it was written on a commission from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The work is innovative and complex, with piano and violin at times iterating quite independently of each other, then coming together in common voice. While very modern, the work has had immense audience appeal and I comment it to you most enthusiastically. As I do this entire album.
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