Jonathan Crow : Sonatas For Violin And Piano

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Label: ATMA
Catalog: ACD22534
Format: CD

Jonathan Crow; Paul Stewart;

Wholenote Discoveries - March 2009
A mature work by Elgar and early works by Richard Strauss and Ravel are presented on this excellent disc by the Canadian duo Jonathan Crow and Paul Stewart on. Elgar's sonata, completed in September 1918, is a somewhat conservative piece that reflects the sombre effect on the composer of four years of the Great War. It has never really established a secure place in the repertoire, but is a work that really deserves to be heard more often. The Strauss sonata, written in 1887, is a passionate Romantic work clearly influenced by the chamber music of Brahms. The Ravel is an early single-movement work from 1897 that remained unknown until its discovery in manuscript many years after the composer's death; its first public performance was in 1975. Crow, a Professor of Violin at McGill University and former concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony, plays with faultless intonation and a sweet, clear tone throughout. He has a sympathetic partner in Stewart, who is particularly outstanding in the Strauss. Recorded in Saint-Irenée, Quebec, the sound is excellent. Terry Robbins

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