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Franck's sonata is among the most famous works of chamber music of all time. The edition by Wiener Urtext Edition is based on the first edition that incorporated Franck's final improvements. The indications in the violin part which differ from the piano score go back to Eugène Ysaye, to whom Franck dedicated the piece on the occasion of the former's wedding. This arrangement, probably authorised by Franck, is published in an Urtext edition for the first time. Günter Ludwig's preface reminds us to handle this "highlight" of chamber music with special consideration and reserve.
A sublime work, and the first three movements should also be played to understand the context of the fourth. Students will love this: it sounds much more demanding than it is and the passionate high phrases are a joy to project. Most of the piece is legato and the bow weight, distribution and pressure should be considered as a whole so that there is enough room to change both bows and strings luxuriously: separate quavers should sound the same no matter where they fall in the bow. (…) Violin Notes for ABRSM Grades 1 to 8, 2016, Nr. 19, S. 49