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Schubert: Violin Sonatas

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: Violin Sonatas

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Violin Sonatas, 'Sonatinas'3--D384; D385; D408. Rondo, D438 (b)

Sara Trickey vn (a) Daniel Tong pf (b) Callino Quartet

Champs Hill [F] CHRCD080 (70' * DDD)

Summing up much of what came before and predicting some of what was to come, Schubert's three sonatinas for violin and piano never claim the medium in ways Beethoven did since they have little serious thematic development. At their best, one movement feels like a song without words, another like a piano sonata with violin obbligato. Their lack of weight, though, is less troublesome in light of Isabelle Faust's recent Harmonia Mundi recording of Weber's Violin Sonatas, Op 10, written only a few years before: Schubert feels pretty substantial in comparison, even if he seemed to be holding himself back to accommodate the amateur musician market in these works. The best performances--such as the Gidon Kremer/Oleg Maisenberg recording on DG--somehow convey Schubert's burgeoning musical personality behind the simplicity of manner.

In this new set, violinist Sara Trickey writes in the notes of having had the sonatinas under her skin for years, which makes one wonder why she sticks to a relatively undifferentiated tone and manner of phrasing for one movement after another. …

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