Karel Husa

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.

Karel Husa

Karel Husa

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Track Listing

Sonata for Violin and Piano: Movement I
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Sonata for Violin and Piano: Movement II
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Sonata for Violin and Piano: Interlude
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Sonata for Violin and Piano: Movement III
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Sonata No. 2 for Piano: Movement I
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Sonata No. 2 for Piano: Movement II
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Sonata No. 2 for Piano: Movement III
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Twelve Moravian Songs: Sunrise
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Twelve Moravian Songs: Who Is That?
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Twelve Moravian Songs: The Deserter
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Twelve Moravian Songs: Between Two Mountains
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Twelve Moravian Songs: When I Sing
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Twelve Moravian Songs: What Is Wrong
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Twelve Moravian Songs: Song for Dancing
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Twelve Moravian Songs: Echo in The Mountains
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Twelve Moravian Songs: The Snowball
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Twelve Moravian Songs: Aspen Leaves
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Twelve Moravian Songs: Lost Love
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Twelve Moravian Songs: Homeland, Goodbye
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