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Carolin Widmann
Denes Varjon
Robert Schumann: The Violin Sonatas

Carolin Widmann violin
Denes Varjon piano
Sonate Nr. 1 für Pianoforte und Violine in a-Moll, op.105
I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
II. Allegretto
III. Lebhaft

Sonate Nr. 3 für Violine und Pianoforte
in a-Moll, WoO 2
I. Ziemlich langsam – [Lebhaft]
II. Lebhaft
III. Intermezzo. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
IV. Finale. Markiertes, ziemlich lebhaftes Tempo

Sonate Nr. 2 für Violine und Pianoforte in d-Moll, op. 121
Ferdinand David zugeeignet
I. Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft
II. Sehr lebhaft
III. Leise, einfach
IV. Bewegt

Recorded August 2007
ECM New Series 2047

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The German-Hungarian duo of two accomplished and stylistically informed young musicians gives its ECM debut with a gripping rendering of Schumann’s three violin sonatas. Written in the difficult last years of the composer’s life, the demanding works mirror his existential conflicts in a fascinating way. While the first two sonatas are quite frequently heard on the concert platform, the third one was held back by Clara Schumann after her husband’s death and was only published in a reliable edition a few years ago. The vivid interpretations, recorded in the great acoustics of Lugano radio studio are marked by an immense array of tonal hues and extraordinary ensemble qualities.