WOLFGANG WIJDEVELD (1910-1985): Violin Sonata (Junko Naito [violin], Ton Hartsuiker [piano]) South African Songs (Julia Bronkhorst [soprano], Harsuiker [piano]), Sonata for 2 Violins and Piano (Birthe Blom, Cécile Gouder de Beauregard [violins], Daniel Kramer [piano[), Kermesse for 2 Pianos (Stefan and Martijn Blaak), Songs on Poems by Walt Whitman for Soprano, Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Piano (Bronkhorst, Naito, Guus Jeukendrup [viola], Fleur Bouwer [clarinet], Jacco Lamfers [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 12M066
Reference: KTC 1417
Description: Wijdeveld was a composer who adopted a post-romantic idiom, eschewing modernism in favour of an early 20th century tonal idiom. Some French influence - Debussy and Ravel - can be plainly felt in the South African Songs, which are very fine, and the dramatic Kermesse for two pianos has somewhat in common with Bartók and perhaps, neoclassical Stravinsky. The sonatas for solo and duo violin with piano are splendid, big romantic works full of character, which will appeal to admirers of Enescu's and Bartók's string and piano works, though Wijdeveld's are generally less intricate than the one, and less dissonant than the other. The Whitman songs are lively and appealing chamber ensemble settings, with clarinet and viola complementing the voice beautifully in eloquent counterpoint. As a bonus the disc contains an historical recording that sounds like a transfer from acetate, with the composer as performer in his aria for trumpet, harmonium and percussion Zondagsminiatuur.