Violin sonata no.1 in B minor, Op 21


Date: 1909-10
For: Violin and piano
Published by: Édition Russe de Musique c.1911
Availability: Boosey & Hawkes (copy of ERM c.1922)

Recordings

Hansen/Medtner 1947 LP Thomas Clear TLC2582 4LPs (limited ed.) CD Appian (vol.2) APR5547, St-Laurent (vol.7) YSL 78-027

Malinin/Stern c.1965 LP Melodiya D 016139/40
Labko/Svetlanov 1968 CD Evgeny Svetlanov Foundation SVET 42-47 6cds, Russian Disc RDCD11019 - nla

E Hummel/S Hummel LP Ersta 1070
A Markov/D Cogan 1980s? LP LRP8831
Kagan/Richter 1981/Moscow* CD Live Classics LCL191
Feigin†/Khudoley 1982 LP Melodiya C10-19891
Parikian/Milne 1986 CD CRD34934
Abel/Szidon 1986/Philippsburg* CD Hastedt ht 6605
Shirinsky/Galynin 1992 CD MK417109 - nla
G Heifetz/Kaplan 1993 CD Connoisseur Society 4196
Mordkovitch/Tozer 1993 CD Chandos CHAN9293
Marinkovic/Hendry 1995 CD ASV CDDCA951
Tsinman/Yampolsky 1996 CD Triton DICC-26055, Triton 17009 - nla
Kogan/Bigger 2006 CD Emec E-071
Kayaleh/Stewart 2007 CD Naxos (vol.2) 8570299
Hanslip/Tchetuev 2012 CD Hyperion CDA67963

† also spelt Feighin, Feygin, Feyghin


There are a number of differences between the 1922 and 1959 editions. The most notable difference is to be found in the leggiero passage in bars 127-130 of the first movement, where the notes are slurred in the original edition but marked spiccato in the 1959 edition. Cecilia Hansen in her 1947 recording with Medtner plays a half-staccato. Of the later recordings, only Kagan/Richter follow the original edition.

In the 1959 edition, the harmonic is absent on the final note of the first movement in the piano score but is present in the violin part. In the 1922 edition the harmonic is present in both parts.

There is a State Publishing House edition c.1958 with fewer markings than the 1922 edition. There are a few other works where a later ERM edition has revisions to the original, so it is possible that the Soviet engraving is based on an earlier ERM edition. The Moscow "Muzyka" edition (c.1980) on the IMSLP site is an exact copy of the 1959 edition apart from the heading.

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