Favorite Violin Sonatas
I was just wondering what sonatas you people like. I know that this topic is very broad, but I just want to maybe hear some new great sonatas I haven't heard of before.
I like the Franck, Debussy, Beethoven, Grieg, Bloch, and Mozart. The Franck is the one I can listen to over and over and over. I just love it so much. I mentioned Bloch because I really love Aaron Rosand's recital performance (Chicago 1970) which is just one of the most wonderful albums of violin music that I've ever heard. Any violinist who attended that recital would have been totally blown away.
Brahms , particularly the 2nd sonata.
Faure op. 13
Saint-Saen's Violin Sonata 1 is a favorite.
Prokofiev 1st is badly underrated.
Ravel No 2 in G Major.
Szymanowski, Strauss, Beethoven #10, Beethoven #7 (all of them are great, but those are very inspiring), Fauré A minor, Brahms G Major. The Szymanowski should be performed more often-it's quite musically interesting, and has some magical moments.
Don't forget any of Brahms's sonatas, or Dvorak's. All underplayed in my view.
Here's a recording of Faure op. 13 by one of my teachers, Josef Gingold and pianist György Sebok. This was a live performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmWG8Zgg1OQ
Josef Gingold is of course a wonderful violinist and pedagogue, but for the Fauré I prefer Dumay’s interpretation with Collard, which has an exquisite Franco-Belgian elegance.
All those, plus Poulenc and Janacek played by Joseph Suk .
I like Arthur Grumiaux (Which I believe is also with Sebok). There is a cd with him playing Faure 1 & 2 (which is highly underrated and there is a great version by Ferras), Lekeu (which is beautiful and cyclical like the Franck), Franck and Ravel. It is one of my favs.
Are you asking about playing or listening? I find that I am able to enjoy listening to sonatas that I will never be able do justice playing....
Both playing and listening.
The aforementioned masters cannot be ignored for the Szymanowski, but I also wanted to suggest: https://www.amazon.com/LIVE-AT-LOUVRE-SAYAKA-SHOJI/dp/B00005Q7P8
My favorite has to be the Franck. The first movement is something else.
Christian, the Poulenc is a personal favorite. I have listened to most recordings out there, and I gotta say, if you haven’t yet, you definitely should check out Frank-Peter Zimmerman’s version on YouTube. GOAT to me.
Here's a link to the Dohnanyi sonata op. 21 of which I am very fond. It is rarely played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SsP2cdLU5A
I'm very fond of Shostakovich Op. 134.
No novelties here.....
I've just started working on Enescu's 2nd Sonata in f minor and the more I work on it the more I love it. So great how he develops his themes and the harmonies he uses are fantastic. I really enjoy playing a Sonata written by a violinist.
Enescu 1st sonata as well... and Shostakovich op. 134. Of the latter, Hadelich's performance of the orchestrated version, found on youtube, is phenomenal...
Both of Tartini's violin sonatas (Didone Abbandonata and The Devil's Trill Sonata), the Prokofiev F minor, and the Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata are my top choices for listening.
Haven't noticed anyone mention Schumann's. I really enjoy all three, for me ranked in their numerical order. I also like the Schubert sonatinas, even more than his sonata.
Roman, I listened to the FPZ Poulenc. He gets it right as far as I'm concerned. If you haven't heard the Midori, it's a very similar take. I slightly prefer her sound and phrasing in slower parts, but I'm glad to hear others taking a similar approach.
To add to Roman's praise of Prokofiev's Sonata No. 1 in F minor, the 32nd note con sord. pp passages, which Prokofiev was said to have described as "wind passing through a graveyard", to me, are like a chill up the spine, but deeper. What a wonderful effect from something written so simply -- like a scale study.
For me it has to be Franck Sonata A major, especially the 4th movement. I listened to that 4th movement nearly everyday, when sitting on a train to work, for more than one year.
Beethoven G major nr 10; Mozart too many to mention; Schumann D minor; Brahms second and third. The Brahms 2nd is one of those works that's wholly about the beautiful sonorities of the instrument.
The Ysaÿe sonatas are fun to listen to because they sometimes sound like what the Bach partitas would have sounded like, had Bach been born in the 19th century and was addicted to crack cocaine.