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Crossroads - American Violin Sonatas

Composer Paul Gay
André Previn
Tony Schemmer
Performer Artem Belogurov
Aleksey Semenenko
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2545 SACD
EAN 7318599925455 
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2021
Total time 71'12

On this transatlantic disc, three American composers born during the first half of the last century rub shoulders with two young musicians from Eastern Europe. A member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, the violinist Aleksey Semenenko first met the pianist Artem Belogurov at the Stolyarsky Special Music School in Odessa at an early age. Even if their individual careers have taken to different parts of the world, the two still perform &&&together whenever possible, and here they present three sonatas.

Of the composers, the best-known is André Previn who composed his Violin Sonata No. 2 in 2011 for Anne-Sophie Mutter. An improvisatory spirit permeates the work which is in three movements with the markings Joyous, Desolate and Brilliant. Tony Schemmer and Paul Gay are both based in the Boston area and share a background in which jazz and classical genres merge. This is reflected in their sonatas, composed in the 1980s and here appearing on disc for the first time.
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  André Previn
  Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano (2011) 18'47
01 I. Joyous 5'49
02 II. Desolate - Fast, like shadows - Subito molto meno mosso 7'39
03 III. Brilliant, quasi cadenza - A tempo 5'19
  Tony Schemmer
  Sonata for violin and piano (1981/2011) 27'06
04 I. Allegro 7'13
05 II. Sandor's Ballad 7'09
06 III. Omaggio a Django 2'35
07 IV. Finale 10'09
  Paul Gay
  Sonata for violin and piano (1984) 24'09
08 I. Introduction and Toccata 4'39
09 II. Sonnet 4'14
10 III. Idyll 4'06
11 IV. Games and Epilogue 11'10
  Album total 71'12
ComposerGay, Paul
Previn, André
Schemmer, Tony
ViolinSemenenko, Aleksey
PianoBelogurov, Artem

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