CHARLES KOECHLIN (1867-1950): Allegretto and Andante for Violin and Piano, Op. 6, Nos. 2 & 3, 4 petites pièces for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 32, Violin Sonata, Op. 64, Lamento for Violin, Cello, Horn and Piano, Choral sur le nom de Fauré for Piano, Op. 73/2, Pièce for Piano, Op. 83/2, Idylle for Violin and Viola, Op. 155/2, Pièce for Violin and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 11L060
Description: A response to the desolation and carnage in France during the First World War, the 35-minute violin sonata is one of the calmest, most otherworldly works in the repertoire, retreating into the world of the imagination, its first three movements suggesting a luminous forest, the dance of fairies and elves and a nocturne while the finale, with its chimes and hieratic processional, seems to suggest the soul longing for a world beyond the real world. The other short pieces are from all over Koechlin's composing career, demonstrating why it's utterly impossible to characterize him stylistically. Raimund Lissy (violin), Wolfgang Vladar (horn), Helmut Zehetner (viola), Raphael Flieder (cello), Jan Latham-Koenig (piano).