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Sonata in A minor, Op. 137, No. 2, D. 385
Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828)

Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Sonata in D major, Op. 137, No. 1, D.384
Sonata in A minor, Op. 137, No. 2, D.385
Sonata in G minor, Op. 137, No. 3, D.408
Hyejin Chung, Violin
Warren Lee, Piano
Hyejin Chung

Schubert composed his three sublimely alluring Sonatas for Violin and Piano in the spring of 1816, though they had to wait until 1836 for posthumous publication by Diabelli, who re-named them ‘sonatinas’. With their sometimes subordinate role for the violin and deceptively uncomplicated style, these pieces sidestep the influence of Beethoven and return more to the world of Mozart’s later violin sonatas. The minor key works develop Schubert’s gift for drama and vocal melody further, including hints of his famous song Erlkönig from the previous year.

About Hyejin Chung

Hyejin Chung studied with Takako Nishizaki at the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong and graduated with an Advanced Certificate in violin performance. Subsequently she went to Russia and studied with S.I. Kravchenko, a student and assistant of Leonid Kogan, at the Moscow State Conservatory. Among his students are many prize winners of international competitions such a Viktoria Mullova and Alexander Kagan. She graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts in 2011. While in Russia, she won a number of competitions and performed with various orchestras in her native Korea, Russia and Austria. This is her first recording for Naxos and future recording projects include the complete concertos of Seitz as well as a number of other rarely performed concertos.
About Warren Lee

Warren Lee made his début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of six. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Yale School of Music, he was the first-prize winner of the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich in 1995. His recordings for Universal Music (Hong Kong) and Naxos have garnered favourable reviews worldwide. A Steinway Artist as well as an award-winning composer, Warren Lee received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong in 2012 and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 for his contribution to the music profession.

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