Schnittke: Complete Violin Sonatas

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Schnittke: Complete Violin Sonatas



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31st May 2011




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Schnittke: Complete Violin Sonatas


Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano

Sonata No. 2 (Quasi una Sonata) for violin and piano

Sonata No. 3 for violin & piano

Sonata (1955) for Violin & Piano

Carolyn Huebl (violin) & Mark Wait (piano)



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The violin sonatas by Alfred Schnittke extend over his whole career. The First Sonata is among his earliest major pieces while the Second Sonata typifies the confrontational manner of the works that followed. The much later Third Sonata possesses the spareness and simplicity found in the music from the composer’s last decade, paradoxically shared with the two movements of a violin sonata that Schnittke wrote as a student in 1954 and 1955, and that was only discovered after his death.

Alfred Schnittke: Violin Sonata No. 1

I. Andante

II. Allegretto

III. Largo

IV. Allegretto scherzando

Alfred Schnittke: Violin Sonata No. 2, "Quasi una Sonata"

Violin Sonata No. 2, "Quasi una Sonata"

Alfred Schnittke: Violin Sonata No. 3

I. Andante

II. Allegro [molto]

III. Adagio

IV. Senza tempo (tempo libre, ma inquieto)

Alfred Schnittke: Violin Sonata 1955

I. [Allegro moderato]

II. Andante

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