Bartok, Strauss, Grieg: Violin Sonatas
7 Mar 2011
Other participants: Vilde Frang, Michail Lifits
Young Norwegian violinist, Vilde Frang brings together a diverse, yet complimentary selection of sonatas for her second Warner Classics release. The recording is available on CD and digital download from 7 March, 2011.
The youthful, spirited Grieg: Violin Sonata No.1 in F Major, Op. 8 and Richard Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18 are paired with Bartók’s technically challenging, musically complex Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117. Frang frequently performs the later, which Bartók composed as an homage to Bach, with the Strauss in concert. Vilde is joined by pianist Michail Lifits for this recording.
Vilde’s debut recording, Sibelius and Prokofiev: Violin Concertos at 22, received wide-spread critical acclaim. The Financial Times wrote “rarely has this music sounded so tender, so intimate or so lyrical” while Independent Record Review called her “prodigiously gifted”. Vilde has been compared to a young Anne-Sophie Mutter, her mentor, with whom she often performs.
“Frang is clearly a new star in the violin firmament” The Guardian
Audio sample & Tracklisting
|01||I - Allegro con brio: Sonata in F major, Op.8 - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|02||II - Allegretto quasi andantino: Sonata in F major, Op.8 - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|03||III - Allegro molto vivace: Sonata in F major, Op.8 - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|04||I. Tempo di ciaccona: Sonata for solo violin - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|05||II. Fuga - Risoluto, non troppo vivo: Sonata for solo violin - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|06||III. Melodia - Adagio: Sonata for solo violin - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|07||IV. Presto: Sonata for solo violin - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|08||Allegro, ma non troppo: Sonata in E Flat major, Op. 18 - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|09||Improvisation (Andante cantabile): Sonata in E Flat major, Op. 18 - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|
|10||Finale (Andante - Allegro): Sonata in E Flat major, Op. 18 - Vilde Frang/Michail Lifits|