I have noticed an increasing trend amongst violinists today to play entire sonata programs. The term 'violin recital' seems to be a thing of the past.
I'm kind of puzzled as to how this has happened. Everyone I've talked to (violinists and fans) love hearing the 'meaty' repertoire like the Kreutzer Sonata, but in addition, many have told me that they enjoy hearing pieces like the Jamaican Rumba by Benjamin or the Habanera by Sarasate on a program too.
What's everyone's opinion on why the increasing trend amongst today's violinists is to relegate showpieces as maybe encores and dominate a program with sonatas? When did violinists stop playing concertos with piano in recital? I have copy and pasted a recent recital program of violinist Christian Tetzlaff to illustrate this growing trend of programming contrasted with Jascha Heifetz's last recital program in 1972:
CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF, Violin
LEIFOVE ANDSNES, Piano
CARNEGIE HALL, 2009
LEO JANACEK Sonata for Violin and Piano
JOHANNES BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Violin Sonata in F Major, K. 377
FRANZ SCHUBERT Rondo in B Minor, D. 895, "Rondo brillant"
JASCHA HEIFETZ, Violin
BROOKS SMITH, Piano
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA, 1972
FRANK Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
STRAUSS Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 18
J.S. BACH Preludio, Loure, and Gigue (From Partita No.3, BWV1006, in E)
BLOCH Nigun (Improvisation) (No.2, Baal Shem)
DEBUSSY La Plus Que Lente
RACHMANINOFF/HEIFETZ Etude-Tableau, Op.33, No.4 in E flat
DE FALLA Nana (Berceuse) (No.5, Seven Popular Spanish Songs)
KREISLER La Chasse (In The Style Of Cartier)
RAVEL Tzigane (Rapsodie De Concert)
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO/HEIFETZ Sea Murmurs (Deux Etudes D'Ondes)
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