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Mendelssohn: Complete Works For Violin And Piano / Nomos Duo


Release Date: 08/21/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554725   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nína-Margrét GrímsdóttirNicholas Milton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Felix Mendelssohn's surviving output for violin and piano comprises three sonatas, written between 1820 and 1838, thus spanning the mature phase of the composer's creative life, and a handful of shorter apprentice pieces. They're all elegantly constructed and tuneful works that you'd think might have attracted a wider following on disc and in the recital room. Instead, Mendelssohn's violin triptych is seriously under-represented on CD, and most of the short pieces haven't been recorded at all, so this budget newcomer is long overdue. The performers, violinist Nicholas Milton, concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the Icelandic pianist Margrét Grímsdóttir, give strong, positive readings of these Read more works on this nicely engineered Naxos issue. The student works, composed between 1819 and 1821, are basically composition exercises produced for Mendelssohn's teacher, Carl Friedrich Zelter; but so were the miraculous String Symphonies, and these violin pieces are scarcely of lesser quality, with the two Fugues (in D minor and C minor) reflecting the young Mendelssohn's extraordinary skills as a contrapuntist. The Nomos Duo gives competent performances of these slighter offerings, and delivers tersely argued, forthright readings of the three mature sonatas."

--Michael Jameson
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F minor, Op. 4 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir (Piano), Nicholas Milton (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Digranes Church, Kopavogur, Iceland 
Length: 19 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major (1838) by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nicholas Milton (Violin), Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Digranes Church, Kopavogur, Iceland 
Length: 23 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major (1820) by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nicholas Milton (Violin), Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Digranes Church, Kopavogur, Iceland 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4. Movement for Violin and Piano in G minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nicholas Milton (Violin), Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1820; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Digranes Church, Kopavogur, Iceland 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5. Andante for Violin and Piano in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir (Piano), Nicholas Milton (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Digranes Church, Kopavogur, Iceland 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6. Fugue for Violin and Piano in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nicholas Milton (Violin), Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Digranes Church, Kopavogur, Iceland 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7. Fugue for Violin and Piano in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir (Piano), Nicholas Milton (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Digranes Church, Kopavogur, Iceland 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8. Allegro for Violin and Piano in C major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nicholas Milton (Violin), Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1820; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Digranes Church, Kopavogur, Iceland 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata in F major: I. Allegro vivace
Violin Sonata in F major: II. Adagio
Violin Sonata in F major: III. Assai vivace
Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4: I. Adagio - Allegro moderato
Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4: II. Poco adagio
Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4: III. Allegro agitato
Violin Sonata in F major: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata in F major: II. Andante
Violin Sonata in F major: III. Presto
Movement in G minor
Andante in D minor
Fugue in D minor
Fugue in C minor
Allegro in C major

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