About the album
While Prokofiev's first violin sonata was meant to sound 'like wind in a cemetery', the second, written as a flute sonata, is characterized more by cloudless skies and an absence of concerns. Both are dedicated to the legendary violinist, David Oistrakh, who played parts of the first sonata at Prokofiev's funeral. On this recording, the Five Melodies serve as the transition between light and darkenss. The work was originally a wordless vocalise written while Prokofiev was living in the USA. It was arranged for violin and piano during his years in Paris.
Während Prokofjews erste Violinsonate ‚wie Wind auf einem Friedhof‘ klingen sollte, ist die zweite - als Flötensonate komponiert - mehr durch ‚wolkenlosen Himmel und ein Fehlen von Bedenken‘ geprägt. Beide sind dem legendären Violinisten David Oistrakh gewidmet, der Teile der ersten Sonate bei Prokofjews Beerdigung spielte. Auf dieser Aufnahme dienen die ‚Five Melodies‘ als Übergang von Licht zu Dunkelheit.
Elise Båtnes began playing the violin at age four and debuted as soloist with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra four years later. As first concertmaster of Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, she appears as soloist with leading orchestras and conductors around the world. She has five earlier recordings on the LAWO Classics label.
Håvard Gimse is firmly established as one of Norway’s leading musicians, with an expansive repertoire that includes over thirty piano concertos he has performed. He gives regular guest performances at Wigmore Hall in London and is in frequent demand as both soloist and chamber musician.