Villa-Lobos: Complete Violin Sonatas / Baldini, Rossi

Release Date: 7/9/2021
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8574310
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 53 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s three violin sonatas date from a key period in his career: the moment at which he matured as a composer, established his personal idiom and achieved his first professional triumphs. Each sonata shares some influence from French late Romanticism or Impressionism, as well as revealing Villa-Lobos’s skill as a string player. The First Violin Sonata’s subtitle of Désespérance (‘Despair’) suits its melancholy lyricism, while the ‘infinite abundance of musical ideas’ in the Second Violin Sonata is characterized by a wide range of emotions. The sophisticated Third Violin Sonata is steeped in the influence of Debussy, but also anticipates Villa-Lobos’s new directions in the 1920s.

Works on This Recording
1. Violin Sonata (Fantasia) No. 1, "Désespérance" (Despair) by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Emmanuele Baldini (Violin), Pablo Rossi (Piano)
Written: 1912 ;
2. Violin Sonata (Fantasia) No. 2 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Emmanuele Baldini (Violin), Pablo Rossi (Piano)
Written: 1914 ;
3. Violin Sonata No. 3 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Emmanuele Baldini (Violin), Pablo Rossi (Piano)
Written: 1920 ;
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