JULIUS ROENTGEN (1855-1932): 3 Suites for Solo Violin, Op. 68a, 3 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 68b, Sonata for Solo Cello, 2 Suites for Solo Cello, 2 Rhapsodien über Amerkanische Negro-Songs for Solo Cello, Phantasie for Solo Violin, Sonata for Violin and Cello, 3 Sonatas for Bass Voice (Cello ad libitum), Variationen und Finale über ein Thema von Karl Michael Bellmann for Violin and Cello.
Catalogue Number: 02R023
Description: Even though many chamber music collectors blanch at string music without piano or wind instrument to vary the color, those who enjoy Roentgen’s chamber music should really consider this bargain-priced collection of three hours and forty minutes of works for violin and/or viola, all of which date from 1921 (the solo violin pieces) and 1925-30 - the very period which produced many of the delightful string trios (see above). The 90 minutes of violin suites and sonatas, inspired by Bach, are likely the result of a challenge by Donald Tovey, a good friend of Roentgen’s with whom he exchanged short pieces and, particularly in this case, shared a love of Bach. Here the Bachian sounds stop and the remaining 131 minutes of music is in the Romantic style Roentgen collectors know and love. 3 CDs. Oliver Kipp (violin), Katharina Troe (cello).