Christian Sinding: Music for Violin and Piano

Christian Sinding: Music for Violin and Piano

by Henning Kraggerud
     
 

Norwegian composer Christian Sinding was largely forgotten after World War II, both because of his conservative style and because he joined the Norwegian Nazi party weeks before his death. The conservative style is no longer an issue now that the stranglehold of invidious modernism has been broken, and the issue of fascism is far less troubling in Sinding's case than… See more details below

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Norwegian composer Christian Sinding was largely forgotten after World War II, both because of his conservative style and because he joined the Norwegian Nazi party weeks before his death. The conservative style is no longer an issue now that the stranglehold of invidious modernism has been broken, and the issue of fascism is far less troubling in Sinding's case than in those of plenty of German and Austrian musicians; Sinding was suffering from dementia and was at most only partially responsible for his actions. The Naxos label has spearheaded a rediscovery of Sinding's chamber music, which he wrote in large quantities. The booklet notes by pianist Christian Ihle Hadland included here (in English only) explain why this was so: Sinding made a living exclusively from composing, and chamber music for musicales in the houses of the upper middle class was where the money was. The composer himself chafed against the corral of this cash cow and hoped to devote time to more ambitious works; Naxos has done well to combine a longer work with single-movement album leaves on each of its three releases devoted to this repertory. Here the larger piece is the "Sonate im alten Stil, Op. 99" (Sonata in the Old Style), in five movements, tracks 6-10. This is related to a "Suite im alten Stil" from earlier in Sinding's career, and it's interesting to speculate as to exactly what he meant by the title. The pieces sound very little like Baroque or Classical music, yet in an era when Baroque chamber music was still little known, it's hard to say what idea of it Sinding might have had in his head. The first two movements sound pretty much like the shorter pieces on the disc, but the third movement, marked Menuetto, is a crisply antique piece somewhat reminiscent of Satie, and the fourth movement is equally original, with 5/4 and 7/4 meters. The finale has Bachian hints. The short lyrical pieces, as on the other two discs, are uneven but often reveal Sinding's considerable melodic gift. The performances by violinist Henning Kraggerud and pianist Hadland match the conviction shown on the earlier discs in the series. This disc contains Sinding's single most popular work, "Rustle of Spring, Op. 32/3" (track 4), and that, along with the intriguing sonata, make this the disc of choice for buyers who want only one of the releases in the series.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313225576
catalogNumber:
8572255
Rank:
225636

Tracks

  1. Sonate im alten Stil, for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 99  - Christian Sinding  - Henning Kraggerud  - Christian Ihle Hadland
  2. Rustle of Spring (Frühlingsrauchen), for piano, Op. 32/3  - Christian Sinding  - Christian Ihle Hadland
  3. Romance in D major, Op. 100  - Christian Sinding  - Henning Kraggerud  - Christian Ihle Hadland

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