Brahms • Grieg • Faure
Music for violin and piano
Yuka Ishizuka / James Baillieu

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Brahms: Violin Sonata No.1 in G Major, Op.78

 

I. Vivace ma non troppo [10:52]

II. Adagio [07:54]

III. Allegro molto moderato [08:38]

 

Faure: Apres un reveMozart: Sonata in D major, K. 448/375a [03:10]
 

Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45

 

I. Allegro molto appassionato [09:09]

II. Allegretto espressivo alla romanza [07:34]

III. Allegro animato [08:32]

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Hedone Records presents violinist Yuka Ishizuka and her debut album with pianist James Baillieu. 

The Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78, "Regensonate", for violin and piano was composed by Johannes Brahms during the summers of 1878 and 1879 in Pörtschach am Wörthersee. It was first performed on 8 November 1879 in Bonn, by the husband and wife Robert Heckmann (violin) and Marie Heckmann-Hertig (piano).

Grieg began composing his third and final violin sonata in the autumn of 1886. Whereas the first two sonatas were written in a matter of weeks, this sonata took him several months to complete.

The sonata remains the most popular of the three works, and has established itself in the standard repertoire. The work was also a personal favorite of Grieg's. The sonata premiered with Grieg himself at the piano with well-known violinist Adolph Brodsky in Leipzig. To a certain extent, Grieg built on Norwegian folk melodies and rhythms in this three-movement sonata. However, Grieg considered the second sonata as the "Norwegian" sonata, while the third sonata was "the one with the broader horizon."

This was the last piece Grieg composed using sonata form.

Après un rêve (originally published in 1878) by Gabriel Faure , is a song from a set Trois mélodies originally for solo voice and piano.A dream of romantic flight with a lover, away from the earth, and "towards the light" is described. However, on waking to the truth the dreamer longs to return to the "mysterious night" and the ecstatic falsehood of his dream. The text of the poem is an anonymous Italian poem freely adapted into French by Romain Bussine.

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