℗ 2015 Toccata Classics

Robert Kahn: Chamber Music Volume One: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 - 3

Julia Bushkova, Arsentiy Kharitonov

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Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5  
I. Allegro moderato e energico
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
II. Adagio ma non troppo
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
III. Allegro vivace
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 26  
I. Allegro
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
II. Moderato - Adagio ma non troppo
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
III. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco e poco a capriccio
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
Violin Sonata No. 3 in E Major, Op. 50  
I. Andante sostenuto - Presto
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
II. Allegro molto vivace
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
III. Adagio - Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto
Robert Kahn; Julia Bushkova; Arsentiy Kharitonov
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    68:56
"... once again Toccata Classics has come up with a winner in Robert Kahn ... if the first two don’t hook you straightaway, then the tremendous Third Sonata should finally reel you in, now, perhaps, an emerging Kahn aficionado. The playing and recording are absolutely first-rate."
- MusicWeb International

"The composer could not ask for two more ideal advocates than Julia Bushkova and Arsentiy Kharitonov ... Kharitonov’s sumptuous tone, technical mastery, broad dramatic range and elegant phrasing places him in the top ranks of keyboard players today ... trumping some of the more prominent musical gymnasts of the day, there is genuine poetry here, the ring of truth and, it seems to me, a rare sincerity issuing from a deep place in the pianist’s heart ... (Julia Bushkova displays) the same graceful phrasing and meticulous musicianship ... the sound engineering lends a sonorous presence and warmth to this important musical production. One also feels compelled to thank whoever is responsible for the wonderful piano used at the sessions."
- Fanfare

Violinist Julia Bushkova and pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov present this first volume of chamber music by Robert Kahn, who composed a large body of gloriously attractive chamber works, expertly crafted and basically Brahmsian in style. His three violin sonatas, written over a 20 year span in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, reveal a lyrical composer in the Romantic mainstream but one capable of considerable formal inventiveness.
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Recorded on 21–23 May 2014 in the Winspear Auditorium at the Murchison Performing Arts Center at University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
Engineer: Blair Liikala
Producer: Bradley Beckman
Booklet notes: Steffen Fahl
Translation: Alan Howe
Design and layout: Paul Brooks
Executive producer: Martin Anderson

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