Karel Husa

Composer(s): Karel Husa
Album Title: Sonata for Violin and Piano/ Sonata No. 2 for Piano/ Twelve Moravian Songs 
Cat. No.: 80493
Genre: Classical
Description: Karel Husa
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1972-73)
Sonata No. 2 for Piano (1975)
Twelve Moravian Songs (1955)

Elmar Oliveira, violin; Peter Basquin, piano; Barbara Ann Martin, soprano

Two major  additions to the Husa CD-discography, the Sonata for Violin and Piano, and the Sonata No. 2 for Piano, demonstrate  the composer’s ability to infuse classical forms with fresh, novel ideas, availing himself of a wide range of compositional devices.

In the Sonata for Violin and Piano he uses sliding tones producing space-like effects, quarter-tones, and short and fast repeated figures reminiscent of bird calls; and for the piano, the implementation of clusters and extreme high and low registers and inside-the-piano plucking. The first movement is moderately fast and free, a dramatic recitative; the second movement resembles a slow aria; the Interlude explores constant repetition of a high note; the last movement, following without interruption, is a fast and frantic toccata.

Sonata No. 2  is in three movements and is written in a virtuosic style, using twentieth-century language: new sonorities in the highest and lowest registers and softest and loudest passages. There is extensive use of pedals, especially the sostenuto, as well as some playing inside the piano, all in often strongly contrasting sounds. The beautiful, evocative Twelve Moravian Songs complete the disc. 
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