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DELIUS, F.: Violin Sonatas (Complete) (Stanzeleit, Fenyo)

Composer(s):Delius, Frederick
Artist(s) Fenyo, Gusztav, piano • Stanzeleit, Susanne, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572261
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Beneath the shimmering surface of Delius’s little-known violin sonatas are the latent exuberance and nostalgic rapture which have made his orchestral music so popular. Across the decades separating the B major Violin Sonata of 1892 from the Third Violin Sonata of 1930, Delius developed a unique musical language which leavened the post-Romantic heritage of Wagner with French Impressionism and European and Afro-American folk idioms; an intoxicating mix that moved Sir Thomas Beecham to call him ‘the last great apostle in our time of beauty and romance in music’.


Review By MH,Classic FM,August 2009

Susanne Stanzeleit engages powerfully and beautifully with the music ongoing melodising and finds much light and shade in the Third Sonata—composed with Eric Fenby’s assistance in Delius’s paralyzed old age and surely the finest of the numbered set of three. Also included is the ‘pre-First’ Sonata of 1892, a large-scale, sweepingly impressive piece of lyrical Romanticism.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2009

There was a time when Delius’s sonatas were placed on the scrap-heap of the violin repertoire, and only in recent times have the become better known. There was also an earlier 1892 sonata, never published in his lifetime but which has appeared on disc to complete the cycle. Dating from 1892 through to 1930, they spanned much of his career with the last two completed when he was so ill that he dictated them to his wife and finally to Eric Fenby. You would not describe them as typical of his style, their mood throughout being heavily laced with an aroma of romantic beauty. The violin writing is lyric, leaving the piano part as the more forceful part of the duo. In shape and size they are very different, the Second—in one continuous movement—very



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