|Edvard Hagerup Grieg|| |
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, Op. 13
|César Auguste Franck|| |
Violin Sonata in A major
|Ernest Chausson|| |
Poème, Op. 25
Callum Smart (Violin), Gordon Back (Piano)
When the idea of recording my debut CD first arose I was extremely excited at the prospect of exploring a process which was completely new to me, and having the opportunity to choose and present some of my favourite pieces of music.
Chausson’s Poème has for many years now been a piece to which I have felt very emotionally attached and have always dreamt of playing and recording. Its wild, imaginative story line, combined with its challenging technical and musical difficulties, ensures plenty of food for thought!
The Grieg Sonata is one that I first learnt for the Menuhin Competition in 2010. After my performance of this piece, I was awarded the prize of a UK tour to be accompanied by Gordon Back, the Artistic Director of the competition; this was the first time we appeared together and the beginning of a regular partnership. From that moment onwards this work has been thoroughly engrained into our recital repertoire. Its use of Norwegian folk melodies, which charm us with their innocence and beauty, together with the sense of unity with nature that Grieg captures in all of his music, is, I think, particularly attractive.
The Franck Sonata is a work that every violinist should play at some stage – so I thought why not now! I immensely enjoyed recording this and it gave me a chance to explore all the colours and different sound worlds of the violin. This sonata is one of the most fulfilling works to play and takes both violin and piano on a fantastic journey, physically and mentally, and I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to record my version of this great work.
© Callum Smart