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'The Hidden Violin'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Hidden Violin'

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'The Hidden Violin'

Godard Solo Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 20; No 2, Op posth Joachim Scottish Melody Saint-Lubin Fantasy on a Theme from Lucia di Lammermoor, Op 46 Sinding Suite, Op 123--Chaconne Vecsey Prelude and Fugue

Vaughan Jones vn

First Hand [F] FHR29 (58' * DDD)

Vaughan Jones has his hands full with this repertoire. Rare (for which read 'obscure') music for violin from the late 19th and early 20th centuries is his speciality, and this disc represents work he does on the exploration, arrangement and transcription of this lesser-spotted repertoire. Like most music for solo violin presented as suites or sonatas, Bach casts his long shadow over many of them. And although they may not display the originality or depth of, for instance, Ysaye's own examples, the two career-spanning sonatas of Benjamin Godard are a good example of a diverting snapshot in time. They offer a sentimentality amplified in the monomaniacal sonata of his Norwegian contemporary Christian Sinding and completely absent in the curiously sociopathic music of Franz von Vecsey. …

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