VASILY NECHAEV (1895-1956): Violin Sonata, Op. 12 (First Recording), NIKOLAI MYASKOVSKY (1881-1950): Violin Sonata, Op. 70 (First Commercial Recording), VISSARION SHEBALIN (1902-1963): Violin Sonata, Op. 51/1.
Catalogue Number: 09U049
Label: First Hand Records
Description: Nechayev (1928) was aware of stylistic developments pursued by Bartok and Prokofiev as his sonata shows with its richly whole-tone harmonies and its motoric rhythms. One of Myaskovsky’s most appealing and approachable later works, his 1947 sonata begins with a wistful first movement, followed by the final movement containing a series of 12 Variations on a theme eloquent and restrained by turns. For the Shebalin, see last month (08U005). Sasha Rozhdestvensky (violin), Viktoria Postnikova (piano).