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Thuille: Violin Sonatas-Op 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Thuille: Violin Sonatas-Op 1

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Violin Sonatas--Op 1; Op 30. Cello Sonata, Op 22.

Trio for Violin, Viola and Piano

Mark Gothoni vn Ulrich Eichenauer va

Peter Horr vc Frank-Immo Zichner pf

CPO (F) (2) CP0777 967-2 (114' * DDD)

Various labels have been exploring the music of Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907) over recent years, though few star names have been drawn to it thus far. Cellist Sophie Rolland recorded the Cello Sonata back in 1994 (ASV, 3/95) with a young pianist named Marc-Andre Hamelin (wonder what happened to him?), but it was not until 2013 that the two violin sonatas made it to disc (Marco Rogliano and Gianluca Luisi on Naxos). Here, a third Mark champions four of Thuille's chamber works on this rewarding new release. Violinist Mark Gothoni partners Frank-Immo Zichner in the two sonatas.

The first of these, in D minor and four movements, is an early work (1880) dedicated to Thuille's teacher Rheinberger and indebted to his study of Beethoven's classicism. It's an attractive, well-crafted work, especially the last movement, but lacks an individual voice. Not so its much later companion in E minor from 1904. By then Thuille was well established as a leading figure in the so-called Munich School of composers, reflecting the influence of Wagner, Liszt and (although they had differing musical aesthetics) Richard Strauss, with whom he enjoyed a deep friendship. Thuille's Op 30 demands to be more widely heard, indeed merits a place in the standard repertoire with its ardent themes, superb writing for both instruments (Zichner is kept on the qui vive throughout) and lyrical grace. …

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