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Franz Benda was employed at the court of King Frederick the Great of Prussia, and his exceptionally expressive violin playing led Charles Burney to describe him as ‘a truly great genius’. Benda’s cantabile composing style allowed space for elaborate ornamentation during performance which was the height of fashion in this period. This world première recording reveals Benda’s authentic and often spectacular written-out ‘improvisations’ in new editions of his sonatas, re-uniting them with a violin preserved unaltered since its creation in 1735.
Franz Benda: Violin Sonata No. 10 in F minor, Lee III:73
Franz Benda: Violin Sonata No. 14 in E flat major, Lee III:41
I. Cantabile un poco andante
Franz Benda: Violin Sonata No. 23 in C minor, Lee III:9
II. Allegro moderato
III. Allegro non molto
Franz Benda: Violin Sonata No. 32 in E major, Lee III:50
II. Adagio o arioso
III. Allegro moderato e cantabile
Franz Benda: Violin Sonata No. 28 in F major, Lee III:63