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NIELSEN: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2

NIELSEN: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2

Composer(s):Nielsen, Carl
Artist(s) Elvekjaer, Jens, piano • Gjesme, Jon, violin • Lautrup, Tue, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.226065
Label Dacapo
Quality   320kbps
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Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2007

Carl Nielsen's two violin sonatas are little known, and even more rare are the Prelude, Theme and Variations and the Prelude e Presto for solo violin, the coupling making this a desirable addition to the catalogue. The fact that Nielsen never played any of them in concert probably pointed to his lack of technique on the instrument he had studied. Yet he could write so convincingly in music that challenges the soloist, the First Sonata causing quite a storm at its first performance in 1895 before an audience who had yet to come to terms with the jagged, often violent and harmonically abrasive music from the young composer. Time has healed, and, though high on octane in the opening movement, this is a dramatic and perfectly balanced score, the three movements being of a generally



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