Magazine article Gramophone

Schumann: Violin Sonatas-No 1, Op 105

Magazine article Gramophone

Schumann: Violin Sonatas-No 1, Op 105

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Schumann Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 105; No 2, Op 121; No 3, WoO27

Anthony Marwood vn Aleksandar Madzar pf Wigmore Hall Live [M] WHLIVE0059 (68' * DDD) Recorded live, September 19.2010, January 9 and May 15, 2011

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Marwood and Madzar play the sonatas live at Wigmore Hall

Schumann's violin-and-piano sonatas are all late works but there's no question of flagging inspiration--the music is full of character, energy and passion. Marwood and Madzar bring out these aspects strongly; their playing is clearly defined, with precise variations of articulation, and the more passionate movements--the opening of Op 105, the Scherzo of Op 121--come over with considerable force. Many of the more tender moments are equally successful, and I particularly enjoyed the wonderful variations in Op 121 and the Intermezzo of the Third Sonata.

Occasionally, Marwood's approach to the more lyrical music seems somewhat reserved--for example in the E major episode in Op 105's finale--and Madzar's determination to avoid excessive use of the sustaining pedal results in places in a rather dry, brittle sound. …

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