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Respighi’s orchestral music is loved for its lavish, operatic ‘fireworks’, its pomp and circumstance. This recording of his music for violin and piano demonstrates a more tender and intimate side to the composer, and also shows what a master he was of melody. Respighi had many influences from all over Europe and an enthusiasm for German music which perhaps explains the pleasing echoes of Brahms and Schumann among others. The sonatas, especially the later in B minor, are important works of nineteenth-century chamber music, and gems such as the Valse caressante and the Serenata are suffused with lyrical elegance which is perfectly carried off by the wonderful violinist Tanja Becker-Bender.
Respighi: Violin Sonata in D Minor
1. Lento; Allegro; Assai Animato
3. Scherzo: Allegretto
Respighi: Cinque Pezzi for Violin and Piano
1 Romanza: Andante Mosso
2 Aubade: Vivace
3 Madrigale: Andantino
4 Berceuse: Lentamente
5 Humoresque: Allegretto Vivace
Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor
2. Andante Espressivo
3. Passacaglia: Allegro Moderato Ma Energico
Respighi: Sei Pezzi
4 Valse Caressante
Awards Issue 2012
“a revelatory programme, performed with rare panache.”
“you're unlikely to find more sympathetic and committed performances than these: Tanja Becker-Bender's phrasing of Respighi's long lines and her range and subtlety of colour give both Sonatas every chance to make their mark. She is admirably partnered by Peter Nagy, who makes the best possible case for the B minor's sometimes ponderous piano writing.”
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