Sinding is one of that clutch of composers including Johann Halvorsen and Johann Svendsen who wrote engagingly tuneful music at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. All of these Norwegian composers seem to have been slightly left behind when compared to their illustrious compatriot, Edward Grieg but as this disc suggests, Sinding was surely a fine talent and he was also quite a dab hand at the violin. He also lived to the ripe old age of 85, dying in 1941 under German occupation.
The Violin Sonata in C was written in 1894 and the immediate statement is one of forward looking momentum with a sweeping Allegro moderato that rushes along quite beautifully. Rogliano plays with emphatic warmth and the short Andante is also quite genially interpreted. The Finale, marked, 'tempo giusto' is also quite invigorating and the end result is quite endearing.
The second sonata dates from 1905 and is also in three movements. Here there is a bold sense of purpose and a purposeful Allegro con brio that is replete with melodies as is the Andante cantabile which follows it. Rogliano is again quite persuasive in his account and he receives good, if not overwhelmingly inspired support from Paciarello on the piano. The Suite in F is also quite enjoyable but on the whole there is nothing remarkable here. AS&V's recording is kind to the violin although the piano is slightly recessed; however the disc deserves more than a warm welcome for the rehabilitation of this composer in the chamber genre.
Copyright © 2004, Gerald Fenech