PAUL SCHOENFELD (b.1947): Violin Sonata, STEVEN STUCKY (1949-2016): Violin Sonata, JOHN HARBISON (b.1938): Violin Sonata No. 1, LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990): Canon for Aaron (all First Recordings except the Stucky).

Catalogue Number: 05V058

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.559888

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: The three sonatas on this recording were written at the behest of violinist Cho-Liang Lin, who worked closely with each composer at their premiere performance. Schoenfeld’s sonata references literary influences and the composer’s past as well as his Jewish heritage in the work’s final Freilach or ‘joyous dance.’ Stucky acknowledged Debussy as the source of inspiration in his work, while the alchemy of Harbison’s style creates music that is simultaneously abstract and narrative. Wryly introduced as “crazy modern music,” Bernstein’s brief Canon for Aaron was composed for Copland’s 70th birthday celebrations. Cho-Liang Lin (violin), Jon Kimura Parker (piano).

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