One of the most grown-up review sites around
One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here
 

 

International mailing

Up to 40% off

  Founder: Len Mullenger

Some items
to consider

  • Sammartini: 6 Concerti grossi
  • Henze Kammermusik 1958
  • Mozart Flute Quartets
  • Schubert complete piano works
  • Sammartini: 6 Concerti grossi
  • Henze Kammermusik 1958



CD and Blue-ray Audio


CD and Blue-ray Audio


CPE Bach Cantatas
a revelation


Biber: Sacred Choral Works
Don't miss it


Jonathan Dove


Tommie Haglund
Unique and Powerful music


Organ Fireworks


Highly Entertaining


A triumphant performance


Bruckner Symphony 4
One of the finest I have heard


A most joy-inducing recording


A winning partnership


A Lohengrin to treasure.

 

REVIEW
Plain text for smartphones & printers


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb



Donate and get a free CD

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical



Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Vacant
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Support us financially by purchasing
this disc through MusicWeb
for £13.50 postage paid world-wide.


Hans HUBER (1852-1921) Works for Violin and Piano
Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.42 (1878/1898) [32:01]
Sonata Graziosa (Sonata no.7) in G, op.119 (c.1902) [25:05]
Poetic Pieces, op.99, nos. 1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 17-20 (1892-97) [11:09]
Agnieszka Marucha (violin)
Tomasz Pawlowski (piano)
rec. Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw, February 2010 (op.119); February 2011.
ACTE PREALABLE AP0266 [68:23]

 
Though not quite the "practically unknown Swiss composer" claimed by violinist Agnieszka Marucha in her foreword, Hans Huber will be known to a few primarily for his First Symphony, the Tellsinfonie, named after the legendary character of Swiss folklore (review). There is little doubt in any case that he is one of Switzerland's most significant composers of the 19th or indeed any century.
 
Huber's symphonies are available in fact on the Swedish Sterling label, where the Stuttgart Philharmonic is conducted by Jörg-Peter Weigle, re-released in 2003 as a now difficult-to-obtain boxed set (CDS 5000-2). The components of this set have been reviewed here (review; review) as has a CD of the Huber piano concertos (review). The violin sonatas, of which New Grove lists nine, are less well covered, Guild's pairing of the Fifth and Sixth possibly the only recording to date (GMCD7371, review). As such, this release by the Polish independent Acte Préalable, billed indeed as world premiere recordings, is both welcome and significant.
 
Given the dates of these works, and Huber's heroes and models - Schumann and his 'children' - it is no surprise that the three heard here lie somewhere between Brahms and early Strauss. The Sonata Graziosa earns it name with its A Lark Ascending-style solo violin ending (and beginning, for that matter), although in fact this mature masterpiece is wistfully beautiful all the way through. The more traditional-sounding Second Sonata is no less magnificent, a non-stop feast of lilting Austrian cadences, the harmonic drama and the ambiguous passion of Huber's German exemplars. Neither work lacks a sense of humour or grace either, and the listener comes away feeling a little bit better about the world.
 
Unfortunately only nine of Huber's lovely miniatures, the Twenty Poetic Pieces, have been included in this programme. In all fairness, the complete set would not have fitted onto a single disc alongside the two sonatas. On the other hand, there are surely other works that might have been offered in their place - even a third sonata?
 
Agnieszka Marucha, with three previous recordings for Acte Préalable to her credit including, significantly, Huber's double violin sonata op.135 (AP0159), is a fine young violinist, possessing an intimate, attractive tone and a temperament well suited to Huber's music. Though she is undoubtedly photogenic, the four full-page colour photos of her in the booklet, plus one on the back inlay and another on the disc itself, seem a mite excessive - especially when she and Tomasz Pawlowski look rather dour on all of them! Pawlowski's own expertise plays a significant role in her successful account of Huber, whose piano music is no mere accompaniment - especially in Sonata no.2, where there is even a solo cantilena.
 
Sound quality is very good. The booklet notes by Marucha are interesting and well written, revealing a mental maturity that matches her musicianship. Besides the Polish originals there are English and German translations. A quality disc in every regard.
 
Byzantion
Collected reviews and contact at artmusicreviews.co.uk