Max Rostal – Twentieth-Century Violin Sonatas


Max Rostal – Twentieth-Century Violin Sonatas
Max Rostal
Label
Decca/Eloquence
Catalogue No.
482905
Barcode
4829059
Format
2-CD
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CD 1
SIR EDWARD ELGAR (1857–1934)
1–3 Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 82

SIR WILLIAM WALTON (1902–1983)
4–5 Sonata for Violin and Piano

MARCEL MIHALOVICI (1898–1985)
6–8 Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Op. 45

CD 2
MAURICE RAVEL (1875–1937)
1–3 Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, M.77

FREDERICK DELIUS (1862–1934)
4–6 Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano

FERRUCCIO BUSONI (1866–1924)
7–9 Sonata No. 2 for Piano and Violin in E minor, Op. 36a

Max Rostal, violin
Colin Horsley, piano (Elgar, Walton, Delius)
Monique Haas, piano (Mihalovici, Ravel)
Noël Mewton-Wood, piano (Busoni)

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Recording information

Executive Producers: Helmut Najda (Mihalovici, Ravel)
Recording Producers: Cyril Clarke (Elgar, Walton, Delius, Busoni); Klaus Fischer-Dieskau (Mihalovici, Ravel)
Balance Engineers: Harley Usill (Elgar, Walton, Delius, Busoni); Heinz Wildhagen (Mihalovici, Ravel)
Recording Locations: Hollymount Studio, Hampstead, London, UK, Autumn 1954 (Elgar, Walton), 29 September 1954 (Delius), Autumn 1952 (Busoni); Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany, October 1958 (Mihalovici, Ravel)
Original Releases: Argo TM 49 (Elgar): 1957; RG 48 (Walton): 1955; RG 47 (Delius): 1954; ARS 1014 / RG 14 (Busoni): 1953; Deutsche Grammophon 138 016 (Mihalovici, Ravel): 1959

Reviews

“The Sonata is fortunate in its interpreters here: they probe below the surface of the music and give us not only the notes but also the spirit of the work … This is a disc which all serious-minded musicians should hear.” Gramophone, August 1953 (Busoni)

“[Rostal] gives us some beautiful violin playing, and his partner’s performance is admirable.” Musical Times, July 1955 (Delius)

“The Violin Sonata … is full of lovely writing of a lean and beautiful character, and it is nobly played by Rostal and Horsley.” High Fidelity, July 1956 (Delius)

“The final perpetuum mobile … is brilliantly played here, with all the requisite lightness and delicacy. But the entire performance is first-rate … [Rostal and Haas] make light of the work’s formidable difficulties.” Gramophone, November 1959 (Ravel, Mihalovici)