Prokofiev Sonatas (2016)

Prokofiev

Elise Båtnes, Håvard Gimse

There is a pragmatism in Sergei Prokofiev’s music. It may have been needed to survive as an artist in the society that shaped him as a musician — in any case, it enabled him to manoeuvre between many musical formats. When he was admitted to the conservatory in St. Petersburg in his early teenage years, Prokofiev had some shorter piano works to his credit and alternated between writing isolated character pieces, vocal music and classical forms. Later, he would broaden his repertoire to include opera, ballet and symphonies
Perhaps it was more a matter of musical temperament than politics. Prokofiev graduated from the conservatory both as composer and concert pianist, and when hearing him play his own piano music, it is clear that he is in pursuit of a sound in the instrument that is just as even and equal as the free tonality he is exploring. A similar equality of roles of the instruments developed in his work over time and distinguishes both the first and second violin sonata. There is at the same time in this all-encompassing harmonisation a perpetual undercurrent of restlessness that finds expression especially in the many and sudden turns in the harmonies.

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Elise Båtnes

Violinist Elise Båtnes, first concertmaster of Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, has performed as soloist with all the important Norwegian symphony orchestras and she continues to appear as soloist with leading orchestras and conductors around the world. Among earlier releases with LAWO Classics is her recording of duos for violin and viola by Mozart, Brustad, and Halvorsen with Henninge Båtnes Landaas (LWC1028    

Håvard Gimse

Håvard Gimse is firmly established as one of Norway’s leading musicians, with an expansive repertoire that includes over thirty piano concertos he has performed. He gives regular guest performances at Wigmore Hall in London and is in frequent demand as both soloist and chamber musician.

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Prokofiev Sonatas (2016)

Prokofiev

Elise Båtnes, Håvard Gimse

    Sonograma Magazine

"A charming duo that highlights the genius of Serguei Prokofiev."

Marcel Borotau[read full review]

Prokofiev Sonatas (2016)

Prokofiev

Elise Båtnes, Håvard Gimse

Mastering Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Producer: Vegard Landaas
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: Sofienberg Church, Oslo, Norway on December 18-20, 2014
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - I. Moderato
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Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - II. Presto
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Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - III. Andante
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Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - IV. Allegro con brio
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5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - I. Andante
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5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - II. Lento, ma non troppo
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5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - III. Animato, ma non allegro
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5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - IV. Andantino, un poco scherzando
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5 Mélodies, Op. 35 - V. Andante non troppo
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Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - I. Andante assai
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Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - II. Allegro brusco
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Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - III. Andante
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Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - IV. Allegrissimo
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