SVEN-DAVID SANDSTRÖM (b.1942): Dansa for Voice and Violin (Lena Willemark [voice, violin]), SVANTE HENRYSON (b.1963): Sonata for Solo Violin, J.S. BACH (1685-1750): Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin with sung chorales by Jakob Regnart [1540-1599] and Johann Crüger [1598-1662].
Catalogue Number: 12S063
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Henryson's seven-movement sonata reflects his background in a wide range of musical styles. The work has echoes of solo-violin Bach and Bartók, but also of jazz, folk and (to a limited extent) rock, and the frequent use of pizzicato suggests the composer's familiarity with the guitar. Elsewhere there are bits of post-minimalism, folksong (the Siciliano has a Scottish lilt, rather paradoxically) and various dance forms. Sandström's Dansa was written to expand the (presumably limited) repertoire for solo violin and folk singer. Text fragments are whispered in the opening section, then resolved into folk-like melodies with a sensuous neo-romantic violin accompaniment. The work progresses to dance movements, a skirling duo for violin and folk-fiddle which turns into an embellished transcription of Bach's Chaconne. This is also what distinguishes the Bach performance; the Chaconne is performed with Willemark's vocal counterpoint based on chorale quotations in the style of Swedish folk singing. German, Swedish-English texts. Cecilia Zilliacus (violin).