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Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is one of Scandinavia' most sought after artists; Christian Ihle Hadland one of Norway' most exciting young pianists. Together they comprise a formidable partnership, as their release of Sinding' Violin and Piano
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Not as good as Volume 1 but still excellent.July 25 2012
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Once again Naxos hits the ball out of the park with two discs of relatively obscure works. These diverse sonatas are full of delight, excitement, exuberance, and just the right amount of romantic excess. (I've been generally much happier with chamber works from the Romantic period for that reason--it's hard to be overdramatic when you only have a handful of instruments involved.) These pieces are addictive, so much so that I was annoyed to have to listen to Grieg instead when I had my other portable device.
If one is forced to assign stars, three stars has to be average. (Amazon is now telling you that when you rate things, finally!) The first disc is an easy 5. The second volume contains a "Sonata in the Old Style" (not to be confused with the "Suite" on the first disc!) which I found to be the least interesting of the works on these two discs. Considering the numbering of the tracks, I'm dismayed they didn't give us more of the standalone pieces instead. No half stars, so I'll give it four instead. But it's still above average, and that's true of most of the current Naxos catalog as well as CPO's.
But why am I writing a review when you can just listen to the MP3 version samples online? Do that and decide for yourself. :-)