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American Classics - Bolcom: Violin Sonatas / Soroka, Greene


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559150   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Bolcom
Performer:  Solomia SorokaArthur Greene
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


William Bolcom's four violin sonatas span 50 years of compositional activity. The First dates from 1956 (his freshman year at the University of Washington in Seattle), the Second was written 22 years later, while Nos. 3 and 4 respectively appeared in 1993 and 1994. Play the First's energetic concluding Quasi-Variations movement first and you'll realize that the 18-year-old composer already could embrace and manipulate many moods, shifting from sweet tunefulness and thorny dissonance as he pleased. His ability to do this, of course, would develop to more blatant extremes once hard-core jazz, pop, and world music idioms gained unreserved admission to his expressive kingdom.


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Read more husband and wife team of violinist Solomia Soroka and pianist Arthur Greene simply eat up this music like starving artists getting their first substantial grub in ages. Examples: their gutsy delivery of the Fourth's Arabic-influenced Arabesque, their impassioned, flame-throwing dialogue at the Third's outset, and dagger-like articulation of the Second's terse second movement. Perhaps a quicker, suppler approach to the Second's "Joe Venuti meets Salsa" finale, in the manner of Maria Bachmann'a 1994 Catalyst recording, would be more stylistically apt, but the music bears up well when articulated in "longhair" accents (will Nonesuch ever reissue the still-unsurpassed Sergiu Luca recording with the composer tearing up the keyboard?). Bolcom provides his own informative, entertaining booklet notes to a lovingly executed and beautifully engineered release that does all participants proud. [2/27/2006]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 by William Bolcom
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1984; USA 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of MI 
Length: 21 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Britton Recital Hall, University of MI (01/24/2005 - 01/27/2005) 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 by William Bolcom
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of MI 
Length: 17 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Britton Recital Hall, University of MI (01/24/2005 - 01/27/2005) 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 "Sonata Stramba" by William Bolcom
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; Ann Arbor, Michigan 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of MI 
Length: 21 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Britton Recital Hall, University of MI (01/24/2005 - 01/27/2005) 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 by William Bolcom
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; Ann Arbor, Michigan 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of MI 
Length: 15 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Britton Recital Hall, University of MI (01/24/2005 - 01/27/2005) 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 1: I. Legend
Violin Sonata No. 1: II. Nocturne
Violin Sonata No. 1: III. Quasi-Variations: Scenes From a Young Life
Violin Sonata No. 2: I. Summer Dreams
Violin Sonata No. 2: II. Brutal, fast
Violin Sonata No. 2: III. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 2: IV. In Memory of Joe Venuti
Violin Sonata No. 3, "Sonata Stramba": I. A piacere, drammatico - Allegro con fuoco
Violin Sonata No. 3, "Sonata Stramba": II. Andante
Violin Sonata No. 3, "Sonata Stramba": III. Like a Shiver - attacca -
Violin Sonata No. 3, "Sonata Stramba": IV. Moderato, risoluto, all'arabesca
Violin Sonata No. 4: I. Allegro brillante
Violin Sonata No. 4: II. White Night
Violin Sonata No. 4: III. Arabesque
Violin Sonata No. 4: IV. Jota

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