Canadian violinist David Gillham and Japanese pianist Chiharu Iinuma turn in bright, energetic, and always lyrical performances of Grieg's eternally fresh music. Gillham has a lean tone, a supple technique, and an amazing talent for sustaining a long line, while Iinuma has a clean attack, a clear touch, and a wonderfully buoyant sense of rhythm. Together, their ensemble seems spontaneous but also telepathic: each knows what the other is going to do before the other does it. In their hands, Grieg's two early sonatas in F major and G minor sound as assured and successful as his much later Sonata in C minor, and all three works seem like the works of a master. Naturally but vividly recorded at the Lee Theater in Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, this set of Grieg's sonatas should be heard by anyone with an interest in nineteenth century chamber music in general and in this repertoire in particular.
AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 8|
|Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in G major, Op. 13|
|Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45|