The First and the Last Romantic (2015)

Schumann, Strauss

Noé Inui, Vassilis Varvaresos

Comparing and contrasting two monumental violin sonatas by great composers from entirely separate generations can be a fascinating exercise, but in this case only yields incidental relationships. Richard Strauss’s Sonata in E-flat major Op. 18 can be considered a youthful work but, given the extra impetus of inspiration gained from new-found love in his future wife the singer Pauline de Ahna, this is also an uncompromisingly demanding piece which saw the composer at the top of his game at this point in his development. Robert Schumann’s Second Violin Sonata emerged after frustration in his failure to establish himself as a conductor in Du?sseldorf but during a period of ongoing compositional productivity before his final illness took hold. Written almost immediately after the First Violin Sonata it can be seen as the big brother to its predecessor; taking the genre further, the trained muscles now set for even more ambitious musical exploration.

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The First and the Last Romantic (2015)

Schumann, Strauss

Noé Inui, Vassilis Varvaresos

    Romantiek van Vassilis Varvaresos en Noé Inui -

The First and the Last Romantic heet de debuut-cd van het duo Vassilis Varvaresos en Noé Inui, twee jonge muzikanten met Griekse wortels en een inmiddels internationale carrière. Er valt over te twisten of Schumann nou echt de eerste romanticus was, maar Richard Strauss was echt wel de laatste. Zijn vioolsonate is een relatief vroeg werk, maar de flamboyante Strauss is er al volledig. Schumanns sonate hoort tot zijn beste stukken - doortimmerd en toch sensitief. De uitvoeringen zijn van de bovenste plank. Het samenspel tussen de twee musici is subliem en ze weten de klank zo te kleuren dat piano- en viooltonen soms nauwelijks merkbaar in elkaar overgaan.

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The First and the Last Romantic (2015)

Schumann, Strauss

Noé Inui, Vassilis Varvaresos

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Producer: Daan van Aalst
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Recording location: Westvest, Schiedam Holland
Recording Software: Merging
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Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Minor Op. 121 _ Ziemlich langsam _ Lebhaft
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Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Minor Op. 121 _ Sehr lebhaft
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Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Minor Op. 121 _ Leise, einfach
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Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Minor Op. 121 _ Bewegt
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Sonata in E-Flat Major Op. 18 _ Allegro ma non troppo
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Sonata in E-Flat Major Op. 18 _ Improvisation, Andante cantabile
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Sonata in E-Flat Major Op. 18 _ Finale: Andante _ Allegro
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