19th Century Violinist Composers

With flushed face, raised shoulders, and groans of delight Brahms belabored the keyboard while accompanying me and was happy that ‘such a thing existed in this world. Brahms was talking about one of the seminal violin works of the 19th century, and it wasn’t Beethoven’s magisterial Violin Concerto, nor was it Mendelssohn’s marvellous light and airy essay in the same genre. Nor was it the great Kreutzer Sonata or the concertos of Saint-Saëns. Brahms groaned with delight over the great 22nd violin concerto of Giovanni Battista Viotti, one of the true masters of the violin and the master who opened the door to a flood of great music little remembered today. Rode, Baillot, Kreutzer, Dancla, Alard, Spohr, Beriot, David, Mazas, Godard, Vieuxtemps and many more composers solidified the technique of modern violin-playing at the same time creating a body of music that is truly a buried treasure—now brought to the light of day and made part of our recorded legacy by Naxos. While the concerto form led the way, these composers wrote in a variety of forms: paraphrases of opera tunes, tone-poem descriptions of exotic travel , airs varie based on popular tunes, chamber music, and especially (many were pedagogues) etudes, caprices, and numerous “violin schools.” This series on 19th century violin music provides a window onto this vast repertoire, mostly written by practitioners of the instrument, and all of it delightful listening.


Album Title Catalogue No.
Bazzini: Virtuoso Works for Violin & Piano 8.570800
Beriot, C.A. De: Duo Concertants / 6 Duos Caractéristiques 8.570748
Beriot, C.-A. de: Violin Concertos Nos. 2, 3 and 5 8.570360
Beriot: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 8 and 9 8.555104
Bériot: Violin Concertos Nos. 4, 6 & 7 8.573734
Beriot: Violin Solo Music, Vol. 1: 12 Scenes - 9 Studies - Prelude or Improvisation 8.572267
David: 20 Virtuoso Studies - 6 Caprices, Op. 9 8.573048
David: Suite for Violin, Op. 43 9.70213
Ernst: Erlkönig - Le Carnaval de Venise 8.572575
Godard: Violin Concerto No. 2 / Concerto Romantique / Scenes Poetiques 8.570554
Halvorsen: Sarabande - Bruni: 6 Duos Concertants 8.572522
Hermann: 3 Capriccios - Grand Duo Brillant - Suite in D Minor 8.572066
Hubay, J.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Scenes De La Csarda Nos. 3 and 4 8.572078
Joachim, J.: Violin Concerto, Op. 11, "In the Hungarian Style" / Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 3 8.570991
Kreutzer: Violin Concertos Nos. 17-19 8.570380
Kummer & Schubert: Duos for Violin and Cello 8.573000
Lipinski: Capriccios, Opp. 10 and 27 8.572665
Lipiński: Trios for 2 Violins & Cello, Opp. 8 & 12 8.573776
Rode, P.: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin 8.570958
Rode, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 7, 10, 13 8.570469
Rode: 12 Etudes for Violin Solo - Duos for 2 Violins 8.572604
Rode: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 5 & 9 8.572755
Rode: Violin Concertos Nos. 11 & 12 8.573474
Rode: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 8 8.573054
Rode: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 6 8.570767
Saint-Lubin, L. De: Violin Virtuoso Works, Vol. 1 - Grand Duo Concertant / 2 Salonstucke / Potpourri 8.572019
Sarasate: Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol. 2 8.572216
Sarasate: Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol. 3 8.572275
Sarasate: Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol. 4 8.572276
Sarasate: Violin & Piano Music, Vol. 4 8.572709
Sarasate: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 1 8.572191
Sarasate: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 1 8.557767
Sarasate: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 2 8.570192
Sarasate: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 3 8.570893
Sauret: 24 Études Caprices, Vol. 1 8.573704
Sauret: 24 Études Caprices, Vol. 2 8.573843
Sauret: 24 Études Caprices, Vol. 3 8.573975
Sauret: 24 Études Caprices, Vol. 4 8.574159
Sauret: Music for Violin and Piano 8.572366
Seitz: Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 8.573801
Seitz: Violin Concertos, Vol. 2 8.573965
Servais, A.F. / Ghys, J. / Leonard, H. / Vieuxtemps, H.: Duos for Cello and Violin 8.572188
Sivori: 12 Études-caprices - La génoise - Folies espagnoles 8.572484
Spohr, L.: Concertos for 2 Violins, Nos. 1 and 2 8.570840
Spohr, L.: Violin Concertos Nos. 6, 8, 11 8.570528
Vieuxtemps: Fantasie in E Major, 'La Sentimentale' - Variations on Bellini's Norma - Violin Concerto No. 8 (unfinished) 8.574363
Vieuxtemps: Music for Violin and Orchestra 8.570974
Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 8.554506
Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 8.554114
Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos Nos. 5, 6 and 7 8.557016
Vieuxtemps: Works for Solo Violin 8.573339
Vieuxtemps: Works for Violin and Orchestra 8.573993
Ysaye, E.: String Trio, "Le Chimay" / Sonata for 2 Violins / Cello Sonata 8.570977
Ysaÿe: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 8.555996
Ysaÿe: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 8.572995