HARALD GENZMER (1909-2007): Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-5, Sonatinas for Violin and Piano Nos. 1-3, Progression for Violin and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 01N011
Reference: CTH 2572/2
Description: Although the notes seek to make a distinction between the three Sonatinas (1953 and two in 1995) and the sonatas (1943, 1949, 1954, 1980 and 1995), the same instant ability to communicate, the good nature, the lyricism, the wit and the concision which are at the heart of everything Genzmer wrote, are there in all eight works. Two of the sonatas are not any longer than the Sonatinas but there is a greater technical demand made on the performers of the sonatas. The Progression is a seven-piece suite of "easy pieces" for young players dating from the 1980s which have the same sparkle and humor as everything else. The notes also contain some interesting quotes from the composer on his first encounter with Hindemith (his teacher) and his fecundity well into advanced old age. 2 CDs. Björn Kleiman (violin), Martin Sturfält (piano).