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HONEGGER, A.: Violin Sonatas (Complete) (Kayaleh, P. Stewart)

Composer(s):Honegger, Arthur
Artist(s) Stewart, Paul, piano • Kayaleh, Laurence, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.572192
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Arthur Honegger is best known for his large-scale oratorios and orchestral works. However, the three Sonatas for Violin and Piano, and the Sonata for Solo Violin, reveal his mastery of intimate forms and ability to combine Germanic traditions with early 20th-century innovations. Spanning nearly thirty years, these alternately passionate and sober, forceful and nostalgic works display Honegger’s lyrical and virtuosic writing for his own instrument. Laurence Kayaleh plays a 1742 Guarnerius violin whose rich singing tone can also be enjoyed on her and Paul Stewart’s acclaimed Naxos recordings of Medtner’s music for violin and piano (8.570298 and ).



Review By Massimo Pastorelli,Musica,August 2011


Review By Robert Maxham ,Fanfare,May 2011

Arthur Honegger’s sonatas for violin and piano weren’t written by Honegger, the member of Les Six; he hadn’t yet joined that confraternity when he wrote the first sonata, which Anyssa Neumann’s notes identify as No. 0, as a student at the Paris Conservatory, or the numbered first and second sonatas, either, both of which he completed before 1920. The Solo Sonata, a post-Six composition, appeared more than 20 years later, in 1940.


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