James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong - Debussy, Elgar, Respighi & Sibelius: Violin Sonatas
Classical | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, booklet | 68:54 min | 260 MB
Label: Onyx Classics | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2016
After a rapturous critical reception for their Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, [see below] James and Andrew turn their attention to three violin sonatas all composed around the years of World War I. The Sibelius 'Berceuse' also dates from the war years when Finland was isolated from the rest of Europe. Sibelius was short of money and busy writing the 6th and 7th symphonies, and planning his 8th: the six short pieces of Op. 79 were attractive to publishers who were wary of large scale works with little chance of commercial return during the hostilities.