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Robert Schumann's three Sonatas for violin and piano were all composed between 1851 and 1853, and have suffered from neglect like other works from this period in the composer's life.
Here the performers are Ulf Wallin and Roland Pöntinen: a team who recorded their first disc for BIS in 1991, and whose partnership has been described as 'masterfully cultivated ensemble playing' on ClassicsToday.com.
Wallin's credentials in Schumann are firmly established, after his recently released recording of the violin concerto, the Fantasy and the arrangement for violin of the cello concerto has been met with considerable critical acclaim.
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
I. Mit Leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
II. Sehr lebhaft
III. Leise, einfach
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, WoO 27
I. Ziemlich langsam
III. Intermezzo: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
IV. Finale: Markiertes, ziemlich lebhaftes Tempo
“one of the most compelling accounts of the Second Sonata that I've ever heard. In lesser hands, this work's outer movements can so easily sound relentless and even monotonous...Here, however, Wallin and Pontinen extract the maximum variety of expression and articulation out of the material, almost as if they are restoring the vibrant colours to an ancient painting.”
“he captures ideally the turbulence of the First Sonata, so reminiscent of the sound world of the First Piano Trio, and the irresistable drive of the Second Lebhaft. The balance with the piano of Roland Pontinen seems natural”