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Grieg: Violin Sonatas / Augustin Dumay, Maria Joao Pires


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437525   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Augustin DumayMaria-Joao Pires
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is good to see Grieg doing so well out of his anniversary year, with all manner of rarities coming to the fore. While the three violin sonatas are certainly not in the ‘rare works’ category, having them on one CD gives the listener an admirable opportunity to survey the development of Grieg’s style, from the Romantic profligacy and energetic invention of the first, through the more consciously national second sonata, to the surprising intensity of the last. Every one of these nine movements has something to offer, but for sheer exhilaration try the finale of the F major Sonata. Dumay and Pires make a splendid duo, rising magnificently to the virtuoso challenges of the fast movements and responding well to the abundant lyricism in the Read more slower passages. Apart from a slightly faint-hearted start to the finale of the C minor Sonata, these performances are near-ideal for their idiomatic grasp. The instrumental balance is realistic and the piano tone well captured. The only problem is a tendency on the part, I assume, of Dumay, to sniff impressively before certain entries.
Performance: 5 (out of 5) Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 8 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Augustin Dumay (Violin), Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Konzertsaal, Studio Lankwitz, Berlin 
Length: 25 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 13 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Augustin Dumay (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Konzertsaal, Studio Lankwitz, Berlin 
Length: 21 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 45 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Augustin Dumay (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Norway 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Konzertsaal, Studio Lankwitz, Berlin 
Length: 23 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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