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Saint-Saëns - Sonatas for violin and piano

Catalogue numberBIS-2489 SACD
Release date2023-02-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time66:42

Saint-Saëns's chamber music broke new ground in France at a time when public taste tended to favour opera and opéra-comique. His first Sonata for violin and piano, one of the earliest composed in France, is a masterpiece of boundless beauty. Its emotional impact and its highly poetic content are served by the composer’s perfect mastery of formal architecture. )It has also been proposed as the model for the ‘Vinteuil Sonata’ which runs through Marcel Proust's novel cycle ‘In Search of Lost Time’.) The second Sonata, composed in Egypt, is very different from its predecessor: more serious, classical, and intimate. While the writing is more melodic, the composer prophesied that the sonata would not be understood “until the eighth hearing”.

These two masterpieces are complemented by the Fantaisie for violin and harp, a virtuoso work in which the use of the harp rather than the piano produced a delicate, refined, even magical sound reminiscent at times of Fauré and Debussy, and by the charming Berceuse, one of Saint-Saëns’ best-known miniatures. Originally for violin and piano, it is performed here in an arrangement for violin and harp that, again, emphasizes the subtleties of Saint-Saëns’ writing.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Saint-Saëns, Camille
  Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op.75 23:04
01 I. Allegro agitato - 07:04 $ 1.70 USD
02 (I.) Adagio 05:47 $ 1.39 USD
03 II. Allegretto moderato - 04:01 $ 0.96 USD
04 (II.) Allegro molto 06:12 $ 1.49 USD
  Violin Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op.102 22:32
05 I. Poco allegro, più tosto moderato 07:30 $ 1.80 USD
06 II. Scherzo 03:57 $ 0.95 USD
07 III. Andante - Allegretto scherzando - Andante 06:06 $ 1.46 USD
08 IV. Allegro grazioso - Meno mosso - Allegro 04:59 $ 1.20 USD
09 Fantaisie for violin and harp, Op.124 14:29 $ 3.48 USD
10 Berceuse, Op.38, arr. for violin and harp 04:55 $ 1.18 USD
  Album total 66:42
ComposerSaint-Saëns, Camille
ViolinZilliacus, Cecilia
PianoHadland, Christian Ihle
HarpFitzpatrick, Stephen

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