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Pisendel: Violin Sonatas


Release Date: 04/28/2017 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95432  
Composer:  Silvius Leopold WeissJohann Georg Pisendel
Performer:  Earl ChristyTomasz Aleksander PlusaRobert SmithEre Lievonen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johann Pisendel was the German violinist of his age; one whose total mastery of the instrument, and its expressive possibilities as filtered through both the Italian and German styles prevalent in the high Baroque era, made a fundamental impression on both Telemann and Bach. Without Pisedal, it is fair to say, there would be no Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin; Pisendel's own fiendish unaccompanied sonata served as a model to Bach and survives partially in a publication by his great friend Georg Philipp Telemann. As is the case with Bach, Pisendel's "accompanied" violin sonatas, in which the violin is joined by a continuo ensemble, are scarcely less demanding. They, too, are four-movement works, often in the classic Read more slow-fast-slow-fast pattern laid down by Geminiani and Corelli and doubtless taught to Pisendel when he was a boy in Ansbach by Giuseppe Torelli, a musician in the court chapel and a fine composer in his own right. Further instruction was provided by the powerfully individual leader o fmusic at the court chapel in Dresden, Johann David Heinichen; throughout his career, Pisendel enjoyed happy association, often close friendship, with the great composers of his day; later in life, these included both Telemann an dZelenka. Perhaps because of these associations, Pisendel set himself the highest standards in composition; unlike most of his contemporaries, he subjected what he wrote to continual correction and revision, which may also account for th erelatively succinct nature of his output. Four such sonatas are presented here, and divided from each other by movements from the many lute sonatas by Pisendel's exact contemporary Sylvius Leopold Weiss. They are played here by the young Czech early-music virtuoso, who in his own, extended booklet notes, gives an account not only of Pisendel's life and work but also of his affinity with this music: "Each one was as surprisingly beautiful as the previous, and no less unique...the idiom of the violin is brought to its peak."

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REVIEW:

The influence of the Italian school is clear, but it is tempered with that of the German baroque, a synthesis of the two great traditions making his music something new and different. Of all his works the Sonata for Violin Solo in A minor is his best known, and this is probably why it has been suggested as an influence of Bach’s own solo violin writing. It is in four movements, the final one being a set of variations and it is easy to see why the link with Bach has been made. Of the three violin sonatas with bass continuo also presented here, the Italian influence is clearly there, but the sonatas lack some of the more bravura writing that was coming out of Italy at the time. Nonetheless these are still attractive and important works that show the progression and development of the later German baroque style.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Lute no 39 in C major "Partita grande" by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Earl Christy (Lute), Tomasz Aleksander Plusa (Violin), Robert Smith (Cello),
Ere Lievonen (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in C minor by Johann Georg Pisendel
Performer:  Earl Christy (Lute), Tomasz Aleksander Plusa (Violin), Robert Smith (Cello),
Ere Lievonen (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
3.
Sonata for Lute no 40 in C major by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Earl Christy (Lute), Tomasz Aleksander Plusa (Violin), Robert Smith (Cello),
Ere Lievonen (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor by Johann Georg Pisendel
Performer:  Earl Christy (Lute), Tomasz Aleksander Plusa (Violin), Robert Smith (Cello),
Ere Lievonen (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
5.
Sonata for Violin solo in A minor by Johann Georg Pisendel
Performer:  Earl Christy (Lute), Tomasz Aleksander Plusa (Violin), Robert Smith (Cello),
Ere Lievonen (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 

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