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Naxos proudly presents specially chosen packages of violin music highlighting the development from the Baroque to the 21st century. There are no violin concertos in this package as those were presented in an earlier feature (now also available at discounted package price). Expand your classical music library at a special price when you buy a complete package or purchase the featured ClassicsOnline Exclusive Sampler and get a discount code you can use on ANY title in this feature.

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

Mozart’s violin sonatas delight with their sheer beauty, melodic inventiveness and elegance. In his first violin sonatas the piano part is dominant and the violin plays an accompanying role whereas in the middle and late violin sonatas presented here, the violin gains independence and the two instruments are treated more as equal partners.


During the Romantic period composers wrote highly virtuosic works to showcase the violin.

Romantic Part 1: Violin Music from German-speaking countries

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.

Transition from the Romantic Period to the 20th Century

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.

20th Century

During the 20th century composers developed new ways of treating the violin as a virtuosic instrument and also explored new techniques and sonorities.

20th Century Part 1: English & German Violin Works

Discover some emotional and highly expressive violin works, ranging from the Romantic moods of sonatas by Bax and Elgar, Delius’s immensely lyrical sonatas, and Blake’s beautiful and virtuosic works that contain elements of Jazz, to the highly emotional and mercurial works by Klebe.

20th Century Part 2: Czech, Hungarian & Polish Violin Works

Bartók dedicated his immensely challenging sonata for solo violin to Yehudi Menuhin who had commissioned the work and premiered it in New York in 1944. It reflects influences of Bach, but also contains elements of Hungarian folk music. His two violin sonatas are dramatic, powerful and lyrical.

The early compositions by Rózsa included here reflect his Hungarian origin. The sonata for solo violin, an immensely complex and challenging masterpiece, was composed at the end of his career.

Korngold’s delightfully passionate works for violin and piano, Janáček’s dramatic violin sonata, Lutosławski’s rhythmically intense and passionate works, Szymanowski’s colourful pieces, and Penderecki’s expressive and energetic violin sonatas complete this highly individual package.

*Special offer available from May 5 to June 1, 2010 only.



Violin Music - Part II (available on June 2, 2010)


Classical Part 2: Beethoven & Rarities

Romantic Part 2: Czech, Polish, Russian & Italian Violin Music

Transition from the Romantic Period to the 20th Century Part 2: Italian & Scandinavian Violin Music

20th Century Part 3: Russian Violin Works

20th Century Part 4: North & South American Violin Works



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