Raphael: Music for Violin
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Günter Raphael: Music for Violin

Catalogue Number: TOCC0122
EAN: 5060113441225
Release Date: 20 September 2010
Duration: 60:08

Sonatina in B minor, Op. 52
Sonata in E major, Op. 46, No. 2
Duo in G minor, Op. 47, No. 1
Sonata in A minor, Op. 46, No. 1
Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 43

Pauline Reguig, violin
Darius Kaunas, violin
Emilio Peroni, piano

In the first part of his career Günter Raphael (1903–60) enjoyed performances of his music by Germany’s leading musicians, among them the Busch Quartet and Wilhelm Furtwängler. But declared a ‘half-Jew’ by the Nazis in 1934, he was forced from his prestigious teaching position in Leipzig. Confined to hospital by tuberculosis during the War years, he continued to compose while his doctors protected him from persecution. These violin works – strongly melodic and rhythmically vital – continue the mainstream of German Romanticism as refracted through Hindemith; the two solo sonatas have echoes of Bach.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1-3 Sonatina in B minor, Op. 52, for violin and piano (1944)

Günter Raphael, composer
Pauline Reguig, violin
Emilio Peroni, piano
11:41
1 I. Mässig 5:05 play
2 II. Breit und gesangvoll 3:18 play
3 III. Tänzerisch belebt, dabei etwas schwerfällig und derb 3:18 play
4-6 Sonata in E major, Op. 46, No. 2, for solo violin (1940)

Günter Raphael, composer
Pauline Reguig, violin
11:51
4 I. Sehr langsam 3:41 play
5 II. Scherzo: Ganze Takte 2:13 play
6 III. Gemessen 5:57 play
7-9 Duo in G minor, Op. 47, No. 1, for two violins (1940)

Günter Raphael, composer
Pauline Reguig, violin
Darius Kaunas, violin
10:44
7 I. Mit lebhafter Energie 3:42 play
8 II. Langsam gehend (in fliessender Bewegung) 2:37 play
9 III. Nicht zu lebhaft, ein wenig gemächlich 4:25 play
10-12 Sonata in A minor, Op. 46, No. 1, for solo violin (1940)

Günter Raphael, composer
Pauline Reguig, violin

(first recording)
8:50
10 I. In Form einer freien Fantasie 3:23 play
11 II. Ruhig und gesangvoll 3:56 play
12 III. Äusserst schnell 1:31 play
13-15 Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 43, for violin and piano (1936)

Günter Raphael, composer
Pauline Reguig, violin
Emilio Peroni, piano
17:02
13 I. Vivace 6:50 play
14 II. Allegretto grazioso 4:47 play
15 III. Con fuoco 5:25 play

Artists

Günter Raphael

Günter Raphael, composer

Pauline Reguig

Pauline Reguig, violin

Darius Kaunas

Darius Kaunas, violin

Emilio Peroni

Emilio Peroni, piano

Reviews

...The solo sonatas [Op. 46] are fascinating examples of Raphael’s surety in writing for the instrument, refined and purposeful in slower passages, and more acrid and angular in the faster ones. The writing sits somewhere between the violin music of Reger and Karl Amadeus Hartmann though the winding chromaticism, especially of the E major solo sonata, is slightly reminiscent, too, of Hindemith. Raphael’s cultivation of aria depth, as in the slow central movement of the A minor solo sonata, gives his music a real sense of breadth, finely balanced by the more motoric and driving elements of his finales.

...[The Duo for two violins] It’s an ingenious piece with plenty of canonic writing and full of vibrancy in the opening and tersely intense in the finale. In between there is a more contemplative, reserved, refined slow movement. The Duo is of a piece with the other works – and extremely successful. So too are the performances, with Pauline Reguig sounding wholly attuned to the Raphael idiom, and Emilio Peroni’s pianism adding significantly to the success of the volume. Darius Kaunas proves a fine foil in the Duo.

Jonathan Woolf MusicWeb International May 2014

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