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Delius: Complete Violin Sonatas / Susanne Stanzeleit, Gustav Fenyo


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572261   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frederick Delius
Performer:  Gustav FenyöSusanne Stanzeleit
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Naxos disc features all of Delius’s violin sonatas, from the 1892, discarded, sonata through to the third sonata, composed in 1930 with the help of Delius’s amanuensis, Eric Fenby. The sonatas are here presented chronologically, commencing with the Sonata in B major, which the composer discounted when he could not find a publisher for it - hence it was not issued until 1977, and is un-numbered.

Although the recording sets the violin a little far back - with the result that it perhaps comes across as a little restricted and lacking in fullness of tone - the first movement is nonetheless gloriously romantic, with insightful and radiant playing from Stanzeleit. Fenyo fully enters into the spirit of the work and is sensitive
Read more and accomplished - although possibly a little too strong at times. The second movement is rather restrained, but the performers create dramatic contrasts between the louder and quieter sections - a device which works well here. The final movement is given a powerful performance - Stanzeleit really captures this well, and the sonata ends on a strong and bold note.

Much of Stanzeleit‘s rendition of the 1915 (three-movement) first sonata is very idiomatic - she gets the feel of ‘the Delius sound’ well, and gives a particularly ecstatic performance of the final movement.

The second sonata was composed in 1923 when Delius was already an invalid. It could be argued to be the sonata that best encapsulates Delius’s ‘voice’. Stanzeleit here gives it a muscular and confident performance, getting into, and communicating, the idiom well.

The disc concludes with the third sonata. This is also well-played, with some pleasing shading in the violin tone in the second movement, and the performers also capture the quirkiness of this movement well.

There are several discs of Delius’s violin sonatas available, but this is a strong contender, and for a budget price disc you can’t go wrong with this recording.

-- Em Marshall, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B major by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Gustav Fenyö (Piano), Susanne Stanzeleit (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
Length: 26 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Mark Brown.
Audio Producer: Mark Brown. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Gustav Fenyö (Piano), Susanne Stanzeleit (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1914; France 
Length: 21 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Susanne Stanzeleit (Violin), Gustav Fenyö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Mark Brown.
Audio Producer: Mark Brown. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Susanne Stanzeleit (Violin), Gustav Fenyö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
Length: 18 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Mark Brown.
Audio Producer: Mark Brown. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata in B major, Op. posth.: I. Allegro con brio
Violin Sonata in B major, Op. posth.: II. Andante molto tranquillo
Violin Sonata in B major, Op. posth.: III. Allegro con moto
Violin Sonata No. 1: I. With easy movement but not quick - II. Slow
Violin Sonata No. 1: III. With vigour and animation
Violin Sonata No. 2
Violin Sonata No. 3: I. Slow
Violin Sonata No. 3: II. Andante scherzando - Meno mosso - Tempo I
Violin Sonata No. 3: III. Lento - COn moto

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