Violin Music - Part I
During the Baroque period, the violin developed quickly, becoming one of the most popular instruments. Composers took advantage of this, writing virtuosic pieces, such as Tartini’s famous ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata.
The sonatas and partitas for solo violin by Bach rank among the most remarkable works ever written for this instrument and remain a benchmark for any violinist until today.
Corelli was famous as both violinist and composer. His violin sonatas are admired for their lyrical and elegant slow movements as well as the virtuosic and brilliant fast movements.
Leclair, regarded as the founder of the French violin school, was highly influenced by Corelli. In his violin sonatas, Leclair merged the French tradition with novel Italian elements. The charming, elegant and joyful pieces delight listeners and performers alike.
Some Baroque masterpieces arranged by Fritz Kreisler complete this exquisite package.
Classical Part 1: Mozart
During the Romantic period composers wrote highly virtuosic works to showcase the violin.
Enjoy the delightful transcriptions of Mendelssohn’s beloved Songs Without Words for violin and piano as well as his three beautiful sonatas and some miniatures that reflect influences by Bach, Mozart and Haydn.
Brahms composed his violin sonatas for his friend, the famous violinist Joseph Joachim. The first two sonatas are very lyrical, whereas the third is more dramatic and rich in contrast.
Schubert’s violin sonatas are charming and beautiful, evoking Mozart’s adorable sonatas more than Beethoven’s dramatic works. In contrast, the fantasy on the famous song ‘Sei mir gegrüsst’ for violin and piano fascinates with delightful song-like and highly virtuosic passages.
Also included are the first two of Schumann’s passionate and beautiful violin sonatas, composed during his final years, works by Spohr and pieces for violin and organ by Rheinberger.
Part 1: Belgian, French & Spanish Violin Works
Enjoy some popular and virtuosic favourites of the violin repertoire, such as Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Ravel’s Tzigane and Sasasate’s Carmen Fantasy.
Some other highlights of this package are sonatas by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Franck’s beloved violin sonata.
Composed over a period of nearly 30 years, Honegger’s violin sonatas reflect his stylistic development. Also included are works by another composer of the ‘Groupe des Six’, Milhaud. His lively and spirited works are a pleasure to discover.
The astonishing sonatas for solo violin by Ysaÿe, one of the greatest violinists, present great technical and musical challenges for any violinist.
Turina’s vivid works for violin and piano contain spirited rhythms and melodies of Spanish and Basque dances.
*Special offer available from May 5 to June 1, 2010 only.