James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong – Debussy, Elgar, Respighi & Sibelius: Violin Sonatas (2016) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz]

James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong - Debussy, Elgar, Respighi & Sibelius: Violin Sonatas (2016) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz] Download

Artist: James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong
Album: Debussy, Elgar, Respighi & Sibelius: Violin Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 01:08:58
Total Tracks: 10
Total Size: 1,12 GB


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Violin Sonata in G minor L.140
1. I. Allegro vivo 04:42
2. II. Intermede – Fastaque et leger 04:10
3. III. Finale – Tres anime 04:30

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Violin Sonata in E minor op.82
4. I. Allegro 08:31
5. II. Romance – Andante 08:28
6. III. Allegro non troppo 09:32

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Violin Sonata in B minor P.110
7. I. Moderato 09:30
8. II. Andante espressivo 09:03
9. III. Passacaglia – Allegro moderato ma energico 07:43

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
10. 10 Berceuse op.79/6 02:45


After a rapturous critical reception for their Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, [see below] James and Andrew turn their attention to three violin sonatas all composed around the years of World War I. The Sibelius ‘Berceuse’ also dates from the war years when Finland was isolated from the rest of Europe. Sibelius was short of money and busy writing the 6th and 7th symphonies, and planning his 8th: the six short pieces of Op. 79 were attractive to publishers who were wary of large scale works with little chance of commercial return during the hostilities. Debussy would die in 1918 and had, like Elgar, composed very little during the conflict. ‘I want to work,’ he wrote to his publisher Durand, ‘not so much for myself, as to provide a proof, however small, that thirty million Boches can t destroy French thought’. Elgar told a friend ‘I cannot do any real work with the awful shadow hanging over us’ he said. Suffering from ill health, Elgar wrote the sonata in Sussex where a copse of gnarled lightning-ravaged trees, near his house on the South Downs, inspired him to embark on three late great chamber works. Respighi s sonata inhabits a heroic late romantic almost Brahmsian world, seemingly unscathed by the devastation of the War to end all wars .

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