JAN INGENHOVEN (1876-1951): Violin Sonata, Violin Sonata No. 2, FLORENT SCHMITT (1870-1958): Sonate libre for Violin and Piano, LÁSZLÓ LAJTHA (1892-1963): Sonate en concert for Violin and Piano, Op. 68.
Catalogue Number: 05P007
Reference: GEN 14312
Description: Written in 1819-19, under the influence of the catastrophic war, Schmitt's two-movement, half-hour long sonata (not a newcomer to disc but not well-known eitehr) is direct, expressively emotional and sounds like no other French composer of his generation. Dating from 1919 and 1921, Ingenhoven's violin sonatas are like his two cello sonatas, written in the same period, which we offered in April 2011 (04M064): less than ten minutes in length, in Impressionistic tone colors but here with each player pursuing his own autonomous linearly polyphonic line in such a way that neither could exist without the other. Lajtha's French-flavored work is from 1962; French-flavored but with elements of Hungarian folk music in its first movement and a strikingly still slow movement which reminds you of the similar movement of Ravel's Piano Concerto and of Bartókian "night music". Ilona Then-Bergh (violin), Michael Schäfer (piano).