Dedicated to his teacher Antonio Salieri (he of Amadeus fame), this set of violin sonatas was his first. Featuring playful banter between the musicians it builds to a thrilling crescendo.
These short pieces display the height of Russian Romanticism with beautiful melodic lines and a rich dialogue between the instruments.
Adapted from a keyboard suite by Handel, this piece is a perennial favorite that requires extreme virtuosity by both musicians.
Lili Boulanger was the first female to win the Prix de Rome. These two short works are great contrasts as one is a lullaby the other a grand procession.
Strauss’ works often have a narrative arch and direct link to stories. As a young composer, though, he did compose several symphonies and chamber works, including this often overlooked Piano Quartet.