RICHARD FLURY : WORKS FOR VIOLIN – URS JOSEPH FLURY – ORCHESTRA DELLA RSI – BRUNO AMADUCCI
Richard FLURY : Violin Sonata No. 8 in A Major – Sonata in G Minor for Violin Solo – Violin Sonata No. 11 in A Major – Violin Concerto No. 4 in A Minor.
Urs Joseph Flury, violon – Gérard Wyss & Eugen Huber, piano – Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana, Bruno Amaducci, direction.
Richard Flury: Works for Violin
As a violinist, Richard Flury composed many works for his principal instrument: 4 Violin Concertos, 11 Sonatas, 2 Suites and many small pieces for violin and piano, as well as a Sonata and 10 Caprices for solo violin. All these works reveal great familiarity with the violin’s technical possibilities, while the interesting, demanding piano accompaniments, particularly in the sonatas, also show a skilled and experienced pianist.
In his “Memories”, published in 1950, Richard Flury declared his belief in musical romanticism: “In everything I wrote, I sought a commonality between harmony, melody and rhythm, as displayed in the music of all the masters up to Brahms, Bruckner and Richard Strauss. I think the possibility of new and individual musical inspiration with romantic means is far from being exhausted, and I seek originality less in the invention of new, technical means of expression at any price than in the vitality
of a strong experience.”
Flury dedicated the Violin Sonata No. 8 in A Major, written in 1950, to his former pupil and later friend Rosette Mengi-Schaad; the Violin Sonata No. 11 in A Major was dedicated in 1961 to his son Urs Joseph for his 20th birthday. Both works are in the springlike tonality of A major.Shortly before Flury died, he had planned to publish the 11th Sonata, and considered replacing the 3rd movement (Scherzo) by a Polka from the 10th Sonata. On his very last day, however, he decided to publish both movements, and leave the choice between them to the performer. The present recording includes both movements.
The Polka, crisscrossed by syncopated rhythms, is Slavic in character; the composer may well have been inspired by the exuberant playing of the Hungarian sibling duo Gabriella and Attila Lengyel, to whom he dedicated the 10th Sonata.
In contrast to the 10 Caprices for solo violin from 1950, inspired by Paganini, the Sonata in G Minor for Violin Solo of 1925, an early work, is astonishingly modern harmonically. It puts one in mind of the 6 solo sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe, which are roughly contemporaneous, although Flury is unlikely to have known these. The recording of the Solo Sonata was also the work’s first performance – 50 years after it was written.
Written in 1965, the Violin Concerto No. 4 in A Minor was dedicated to Flury’s wife Rita for her 50th birthday. As its premiere, performed by their son and the Solothurn Chamber Orchestra under Erich Schild, was imminent, the composer complemented the strings with just a wind quintet, and gave the orchestra a mainly accompanying role.
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