Schumann only needed two days to compose these fantasy pieces. Originally they were meant for clarinet and piano, but the composer also provided versions for viola or violoncello instead of clarinet. The Nemtsov Duo has the beautiful task of playing within a short timeframe tender, lively, light, fast and fiery.
Bartók dedicated both of his violin sonatas to the passionate Hungarian violinist Jelly d’ Arányi, with whom he also performed these pieces. Kristian Winther has both sonatas in his repertoire as well as the famous solo sonata; here he performs together with Katherine Dowling the demanding expressionistic first sonata.
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Phantasiestücke op.73 (1849)
Mikhail Nemtsov violoncello & Elena Nemtsova piano
Béla Bartók (1881-1945) Sonata nr.1 (1921)
Kristian Winther violin & Katherine Dowling piano