IGNACY PADEREWSKI (1860-1941): Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 13, ZYGMUNT STOJOWSKI (1870-1946): Violin Sonatas No. 1 in G, Op. 13 and No. 2 in E, Op. 37.
Catalogue Number: 11X034
Reference: 555 324-2
Description: We offered the two Stojowski sonatas nine years ago (10O057) and said about them : “Both these sonatas, the three-movement First of 1893 and the four-movement Second of 1911, are absolutely chock-full of the memorable melodies, infectious rhythms and dashes of Slavic folk music”. But there is no other recording of Paderewski's only violin sonata (1885) available as of today and this may rightly claim a place side by side with famous works by Grieg and Brahms. Paderewski immediately demonstrates his command of the latest developments in the European art of music. The beginning of the first movement combines a piano accompaniment of stormy animation with a violin theme of sweeping breadth that on the one hand could have been taken from a symphony by Bruckner and on the other hand could represent a minor variant of the concluding apotheosis in Grieg’s Piano Concerto. The violinist Wladyslaw Górski offered Stojowski insights into his instrument’s capabilities when the composer was a young man, and Stojowski’s first violin sonata, a most highly effectively composed work, documents this expert tutelage. Piotr Plawner (violin), Piotr Sałajczyk (piano).