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Violin Sonatas: Hindemith, Poulenc, Bartok

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Violin Sonatas: Hindemith, Poulenc, Bartok
Violin Sonatas: Hindemith, Poulenc, Bartok


The debut album from German-Spanish-Malaysion violinist Elias David Moncado focusses on works by Hindemith, Bartók, and Poulenc.

"As an artist, I find it fascinating to observe how composers reacted to current affairs: whenever they had to deal with a totalitarian regime, persecution, resistance, or exile. Each of these three composers dealt in some special way with psychological stress and anxiety in their lives. In the Poulenc sonata I find a concealed passion, harsh brutality, and overwhelming pain. The Hindemith sonata contrasts and juxtaposes sombre, dancelike, and heroic elements. The timbres in the Bartok are incredibly elaborate, and a general mood of suffering imbues the entire work.

For me, the 20th century is one of the most thrilling and drastic periods in history: this is reflected in the music. Composers took greater risks and experimented with a number of new playing techniques. I would find it hard to say which periods I generally find easier or more difficult. Each style has its own particular challenges; still, I generally manage to develop a good rapport with all the pieces I work on. Works of the 18th and 19th centuries are evidently more often performed and recorded than those of the 20th. The great number of "benchmark recordings" of works of the 18th and 19th centuries means that you tend to be compared with those interpretations and placed under greater scrutiny. Certain personal approaches adopted by famous artists have become widespread. In works of the 20th century, however, I feel a much greater artistic freedom." (excerpt from the booklet interview)


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  2. Hindemith: Violin Sonata in E Major, Op. 11 No. 1 (1935) - I. Frisch
  3. Violin Sonata in E Major, Op. 11 No. 1 (1935) - II. Im Zeitmass eines langsamen feierlichen Tanzes
  4. Poulenc: Violin Sonata FP 119 (1942/43) - I. Allegro con fuoco
  5. Violin Sonata FP 119 (1942/43) - II. Intermezzo
  6. Violin Sonata FP 119 (1942/43) - III. Presto tragico
  7. Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 1 SZ 75 (1921) - I. Allegro appassionato
  8. Violin Sonata No. 1 SZ 75 (1921) - II. Adagio
  9. Violin Sonata No. 1 SZ 75 (1921) - III. Allegro
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