Violin Music By Debussy, Elgar, Sibelius

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“Violin Music By Debussy, Elgar, Sibelius”

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Τιμή: €16.50

Claude Achille Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor L 140.
Edward William Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82.
Jean Sibelius Six Humoresques, Op. 87 and Op. 89 for violin and orchestra.


Margaret Fingerhut (Piano), Efi Christodoulou (Violin).

The year’s 1917/18 proved to be an interesting period for three great composers active at the early part of the 20th century. Up until this time each was known primarily for his orchestral music but in 1917/18 the three composers decided to write for smaller combinations involving the violin. This CD allows a comparison of their respective compositional styles in, perhaps, an unfamiliar context. Debussy was to die soon after completing his Violin Sonata; Elgar wrote three valedictory chamber works beginning with the Violin Sonata within this period before entering virtual creative silence apart from the final masterpiece, the Cello Concerto. Sibelius was to continue his quest for symphonic unity with the final version of his Fifth Symphony before ending his career with the last three big orchestral works, symphonies Six and Severn and finally Tapiola in 1926. These four works place him at the pinnacle of 20th century music.

This is playing almost of the old school, reminiscent of Menuhin or Oistrakh at their best.

Here is infinite variety. Christodoulou is a sympathetic advocate ….. with pin-point intonation.

In the Elgar Christodoulou and Fingerhut play the unsettled beginning passionately. The Sibelius Humoresques are the standout in this interesting and enterprising programme.

Greek-born violin virtuoso Efi Christodoulou, and the impressive Margaret Fingerhut, here give outstanding, intelligent performances.

The Sibelius Humoresques are indispensable.

Efi Christodoulou tackles Sibelius Six Humoresques, with wit and flair, dashing off the virtuosic demands with élan and touches of silky warmth, and bringing infectious high spirits.

The quality of the deliberate dialog between violin and piano in the Debussy, makes a case for this serious interpretation.

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