American Violin Sonatas
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Two pre-1900 violin sonatas by American composers.

There are few pre-1900 examples of violin and piano sonatas by American composers. The most celebrated are ones by Amy Beach and Arthur Foote. Less familiar is one by Rubin Goldmark from the same period and an even more rare work is a sonata by Alexander Reinagle dating from the 1790s. Violinist Ting-Lan Chen and pianist Nathan Buckner perform these two rarely heard sonatas on this recording. Chen, a Taiwan native, has performed around the world as a soloist and recitalist, including appearances at the White House and United Nations. A graduate of Taipei National University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she is on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Nathan Buckner, also on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, studied at Juilliard, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland. He has performed in major venues throughout the United States, as well as in Belarus, China, England, and Mexico, among many others.
Rubin Goldmark, composer
Sonata in B Minor, Op. 4
Ting-Lan Chen (violin); Nathan Buckner (piano)

Alexander Reinagle, composer
Sonata in F Major
Ting-Lan Chen (violin); Nathan Buckner (piano)

"First impressions deceive. The title "American Violin Sonatas" suggest to me music written in my lifetime, but the later work here is from 1900. Rubin Goldmark, nephew of the better-known Karl…was born in New York in 1872 and lived in the US (barring a brief time at the Vienna Conservatory in 1889-91) all his life. The sonata heard here, his Op. 4 is reminiscent of Brahms in blustery mode…The sonata by Alexander Reinagle is a different sort of fish. Reinagle was not born in the US, but in Europe, and established himself in Edinburgh before movng to Philadelphia in 1876.…The fine performers, by the way, are both professors at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Would that more schools had such dedicated artists on the roster." (American Record Guide)