Over the years, Bartók’s two Violin Sonatas have enjoyed outstanding advocacy on disc, not least from Isabelle Faust and James Ehnes. This new, superbly recorded SACD release certainly matches, and in places exceeds, their white-hot intensity. Barnábas Kelemen and Zoltán Kocsis respond with almost improvisatory spontaneity to Bartók’s rhapsodic invention, yet ensure that the structural integrity of this tough and intellectually challenging music is never compromised…….Erik Levi @ classical-music.com
Works for violin and piano are an important part of Cyril Scott’s chamber music. This disc presents three sonatas which span his output. The capricious and ruminative First Violin Sonata ranks among the most convincing and successful of his earlier large-scale compositions. Sonata Melodica is a more relaxed yet equally quixotic work, while the Third Violin Sonata is one of the most inventive from his later years.
If you're ever going to like or maybe even love the piano music of Ernst Krenek, it will probably be with his three-movement Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 2, from 1919. A comely and lithe spirit of a work compared with his austerely expressive later works, this sonata is still an enormously ambitious work for a 19-year-old. But pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge plays the First with complete sympathy and dedication to its youthful expressivity. Although it's an atypical work by Krenek, for that very reason it may be the most lovable of his piano works. The four-movement Sonata No. 3, Op. 92, from …..James Leonard @ AllMusic
Gerhard Frommel rejected vapid pre-war Nationalism and Schoenberg’s dodecaphony, finding his voice in individuality and tradition. His highly contrasting Piano Sonatas are rooted in a blend of romanticism and the rhythmic propulsion of Stravinsky, articulated with tenderness in No 1, clownish grotesquerie in No 2, and sensual impressionism in No 3.