Franz Liszt, FRANK / GRIEG: Violin Sonatas

Dawn Chan

By Dawn Chan

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Here's Naxos 'ubiquitous Jeno Jando again, this time accompanying violinist Takako Nishizaki on two of the most fervent Romantic violin sonatas: Cesar Franck's violin sonata in A major, and Edvard Grieg's sonata in C minor. Rather than adhering to the expository sonata-form, Franck recycled themes throughout his Violin Sonata in A. In the sonata's final movement, the joyful violin melody, echoed by the piano, may well stick in your head for days. While Edvard Grieg drew elements of cool from the folk harmonies of his native Norway, the first two movements are nonetheless heated with emotion. Hard-hearted cynics will prefer the third movement, which alternates between glittering Nordic atmosphere and danceable folk sounds.