Magazine article Gramophone

Rontgen: 'Chamber Music

Magazine article Gramophone

Rontgen: 'Chamber Music

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Rontgen

'Chamber Music, Vol 1'

Romanze. Violin Sonata. Phantasie.

Aus Jotunheim. Sonata trilogica

Atsuko Sahara vn John Lenehan pf

Toccata Classics [F] TOCC0024 (80' * DDD)

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Julius Rontgen wrote almost three dozen works for violin and piano, seven more for violin solo. A few have appeared from time to time on disc, the F sharp minor Sonata (Op 20) most recently (Avie, 7/13), but while the sonatas for cello (and even those for viola) have fared well on disc, those for violin have been overlooked. Bravo, then, to Toccata Classics for launching a new series devoted to the violin music, which should take in the sonatas as it proceeds.

Two of the 10 works for violin (one a duet with cello) with the appellation 'Sonata' are included on this first volume, the E major (1900), his third mature work in the genre--ignoring a juvenile piece from 1867 and his 12th year--and the late (but not final) Sonata trilogica (1925). …

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