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Franck * R Strauss: Franck Violin Sonata

Magazine article Gramophone

Franck * R Strauss: Franck Violin Sonata

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Franck * R Strauss

Franck Violin Sonata R Strauss Violin Sonata. Op 18. Allegretto, AV149. Morgen!, Op 27 No 4. Waldseligkeit, Op 49 No 1. Wiegenlied, Op 41 No 1 James Ehnes vn Andrew Armstrong pf Onyx (M) ONYX4141 (70' * DDD)

Occupying the central place in the canon of Romantic violin repertoire as it does, Franck's Violin Sonata is programmed in countless ways in its countless appearances on disc. So it is refreshing, therefore, that this disc places the Franck alongside Strauss's Violin Sonata, and in doing so deals more plainly with the listener, presenting together two of the greatest violin works of the period in all their infinitely similar variety.

The root of each is romantic with a small 'r' as well as a capital--the Franck famously written as a wedding present for Ysaye; the Strauss in the period he met and fell passionately in love with his wife, Pauline de Ahna--and they both use the deceptively simple technique of a single musical idea that evolves over the course of the whole sonata. …

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