HERMANN SUTER (1870-1926): Violin Concerto in A, Op. 23 (Basel Radio Symphony Orchestra; Richard Müller-Lampertz. May 5, 1971), WILLY BURKHARD (1900-1955): Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 69 (Lausanne Chamber Orchestra; Victor Desarzens. Sept. 22, 1965), OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957): Violin Concerto in B, Op. 21 (quasi una fantasia) (Sinfonietta Wetzikon; Christoph-Mathias Mueller. March 16, 2001), WALTHER GEISER (1897-1993): Violin Sonata in C Sharp Minor (Kolja Lessing [piano]. May 25, 1988 Radio Basel), HANS HUBER (1852-1921): Sonata quasi una fantasia for Violin and Piano, Op. 132 (Franz Josef Hirt [piano]. Rec. date unknown), ARTHUR HONEGGER (1892-1955): Violin Sonata No. 1 (Hirt [piano]. Radio Genf 1980).

Catalogue Number: 02U003

Label: Telos

Reference: TLS 235

Format: CD

Price: $22.98

Description: Except for the Schoeck and the Honegger, this is pretty much virgin territory on CD. Late Romanticism was never lovelier than in Suter’s 1921 concerto of 31 minutes, especially in the dramatic second movement which the composer described as a wanderer battling a storm. Huber’s 1913 sonata is at least his tenth, infusing German Romanticism with a French sensibility. In 1939 Geiser adds some bitonality in his somewhat more gritty but still basically tonal sonata and Burkhard, in 1943, gives us a calm, bright and serene 20-minute concerto which, mildly disconcertingly, ends in a gathering darkness as if the rest of the work had been only a nice dream. A long interview-style booklet note is the best of its type I’ve seen - the violinist gives interesting information about the works, the composers and Swiss musical life in concise, jargon-free style. 2 CDs. Hansheinz Schneeberger (violin).

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