Leo Ornstein: Complete Violin Sonatas

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Leo Ornstein: Complete Violin Sonatas

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24th Feb 2017




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Leo Ornstein: Complete Violin Sonatas


Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 26

Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 31

Hebraic Fantasy for violin and piano

Violin Sonata, Op. Posth.

Three pieces for flute and piano

Francesco Parrino (violin), Stefano Parrino (flute) & Maud Renier (piano)



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Leo Ornstein was born in 1895 in the Ukraine, and emigrated with his family in 1906 to the USA, where he became a famous pianist and leading figure in the American Avant‐Garde, writing highly experimental music in which tonal clusters played an important role. Halfway the 20ties he withdrew from public life and founded his own music School the Ornstein School of Music. He continued composing but was largely forgotten till the revival by his son in the 70ties.

Ornstein’s works show a wide variety, from Post‐Romantic works in the tradition of Grieg and Franck to pieces of shocking modernity and savagery. This 2CD set contains the complete music for violin and piano and for flute and piano, music of a highly original spirit, who died at the advanced age of 108 in the year 2002.

Played with great conviction and dedication by violinist Francesco Parrino, flutist Stefano Parrino and pianist Maud Renier.

The booklet contains excellent liner notes as well as a personal assessment by the son Severo Ornstein.

Leo Ornstein: Violin Sonata, Op. 26

I. Moderato

II. Andante

III. Scherzo - Trio - Tempo I

IV. Finale: Moderato - Andante - Tempo I - Andante

Leo Ornstein: Violin Sonata, Op. 31

I. Moderato

II. Andante espressivo

III. Vivace ma non troppo

IV. Grave

Leo Ornstein: Hebraic Fantasy

Hebraic Fantasy

Leo Ornstein: Violin Sonata, Op. posth.

Violin Sonata, Op. posth.

Leo Ornstein: Prelude


Leo Ornstein: Allegro (Intermezzo)

Allegro (Intermezzo)

Leo Ornstein: Poem


Gramophone Magazine

June 2017

“Uneven music this may be, but Francesco Parrino and Maud Renier render it with undeniable technical finesse and emotional commitment…Stefano Parrino is well suited to [the flute] pieces, with the whole recital given sound of warmth and clarity”

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