Recorded on 01/06/2010, uploaded on 04/06/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
I. Allegretto moderato; II. Allegro; III. Recitative - Fantasia: Moderato;
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
Franck's one violin sonata, written in 1886, is
united by a cyclic use of thematic material that connects the movements, and
offers highly original use of traditional forms. It was described by Franck's composition
pupil Vincent d'Indy as "the first and purest model of the cyclic
treatment of themes in the form of an instrumental sonata". The sonata was
given to the Belgian violinist Eugéne Ysaÿe at the latter's
wedding in September 1886 and was first performed by Ysaÿe in Brussels.
The first movement serves as little more
than an introduction to the weightier second movement, which offers impassioned
intensity, followed by a brief interruption of a recitative section then a return
to the earlier mood.
The third movement, with the unusual title
Recitative - Fantasia, recalls
in its initial piano chords the opening of the sonata, with rhetorical
statements from the violin. There is an imaginative development of this motive
against a chromatically descending bass, before the appearance of the main
theme of the movement.
canon between the piano and violin opens the finale in almost pastoral style.
The theme appears in various tonalities, with consequent variations in
intensity, in a movement that provides a fitting climax to a sonata that makes
considerable demands on both violinist and pianist. Evgeny Kutik
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