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Trails Of Creativity / David Fruhwirth, Henri Sigfridsson


Release Date: 02/11/2003 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 9   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Adolf BuschHans GálIvor GurneyErich Wolfgang Korngold,   ... 
Performer:  Henri SigfridssonDavid Frühwirth
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a fascinating two-disc anthology of pieces for violin and piano...There ought to something for everybody here. Of the ten pieces, six are first recordings which is of interest in itself...Most of the music is fairly conservative for the time and tends to be lightish in content. Hans Gál’s sonata though is a serious essay in the form. It is the longest piece and its ambition rather overstretches the composer. However, this is a first recording of a work that is, as I understand, still unpublished and is definitely worth a listen. Another first recording is Walton’s early Toccata which I enjoyed for its juxtaposition of rhapsody and youthful rigour. A more traditional form of English pastoral rhapsody is provided by Ivor Gurney Read more whose piece is predictably called The Apple Orchard.

The Austrian violinist, David Frühwirth, and his excellent accompanist Henri Sigfridsson, are very much at home with most of the music, particularly that which has a late romantic indulgence to it such as the Frederick Rosse suite. Korngold’s suite, Much Ado About Nothing, also shines in performance. It is probably the best known music in the anthology, apart from the Threepenny Opera, and, dare I suggest, among the finest music...Frenkel was a violin virtuoso and Karl Rathaus’s Suite, Op. 27 was dedicated to him. It is a richly varied piece with a punchy, rhythmically jagged final movement. The piece that follows on the disc is another arrangement by a distinguished violinist, Albert Sammons. He must have enjoyed playing it for Frederick Rosse’s The Merchant of Venice suite has some deliciously romantic, soaring melodic lines.

AVIE is to be congratulated for producing this rather off-beat double disc set. It combines a small amount of familiar music with some lesser known, and the first recordings will, I am sure, be revelatory to some listeners. There is a helpfully informative note on each piece and David Frühwirth in his own note on the enterprise exhorts us to “enjoy it”, declaring, “there is more to come!”. That’s good news.

-- John Leeman, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Violin and Piano in G minor, Op. 38 by Adolf Busch
Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson (Piano), David Frühwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major by Hans Gál
Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson (Piano), David Frühwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933 
3. Sappho Songs (7): The Apple Orchard by Ivor Gurney
Performer:  David Frühwirth (Violin), Henri Sigfridsson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4. Scherzo for Violin and Piano by Ivor Gurney
Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson (Piano), David Frühwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
5. Much Ado about Nothing, Op. 11: Suite by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson (Piano), David Frühwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Vienna, Austria 
6. Suite for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 27 by Karol Rathaus
Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson (Piano), David Frühwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929 
7. Merchant of Venice by Frederick Rosse
Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson (Piano), David Frühwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Notes: Arranged: Albert Sammons (1921) 
8. Pieces (7) for Violin and Piano from Weill's "Threepenny Opera" by Stefan Frenkel
Performer:  David Frühwirth (Violin), Henri Sigfridsson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
9. Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 56 by Egon Wellesz
Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson (Piano), David Frühwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
10. Toccata for Violin and Piano by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson (Piano), David Frühwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1923; England 

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