Recorded on 12/16/2009, uploaded on 03/16/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Mendelssohn completed his Violin Sonata in F
majoron 15th June 1838, but withheld it from publication, leaving its
rediscovery to Yehudi Menuhin, who published the work in 1953. It is an example
of music of the composer's maturity.
The first movement starts with the principal
subject stated initially by the piano and extended by the violin. This leads to
secondary material, appearing first with a shift into the minor key. The
central development ends with a passage accompanied by violin arpeggios which
continue into the start of the recapitulation, as the principal subject makes
moving A Major Adagio again allows the piano to introduce the main
theme, then taken up by the violin in a movement of simplicity that still finds
a place for outbursts of passionate feeling. The sonata ends with a movement in
the familiar style of a Mendelssohn scherzo in which the writing for the two
instruments remains perfectly balanced. Sergey Ostrovsky
Thanks for this. The slow movement was just the thing this morning, but I enjoyed the whole sonata, which was new to me. Lovely playing, and very well recorded.
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