James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong Richard Strauss's Violin Sonata

The Violin Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18 was written by Richard Strauss between 1887-1888. Although not considered a milestone in violin literature, it is frequently performed and recorded. It is often noted for its lyrical beauty and its technical demands made on both violinist and pianist. Strauss had just met his future wife Pauline de Ahna when he embarked on writing his sonata in 1887, and this movement seems imbued with serenity and tenderness. It's taken from a new recording on Onyx Classics of sonatas by Franck and Strauss, featuring regular duo partners violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong. 'Ehnes and Armstrong make the slow movement the work's emotional heart, capturing its Mendelssohnian wistfulness to perfection,' writes Julian Haylock. The Improvisation: Andante cantabile middle movement of Richard Strauss's Violin Sonata has been added to the playlist of Music For A Small Room on Internet radio stream WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Richard Strauss : Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op.18 Ginette Neveu (Violin)