Richard Strauss and Sergei Prokofiev

Strauss · Prokofiev

Richard Strauss and Sergei Prokofiev

Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker plays Strauss and Prokofiev supported by pianist Fabio Bidini.


Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Violin & Piano Sonata Op.18, E-Flat Major/Es-Dur

Allegro ma non troppo 10:49
Improvisation: Andante cantabile 7:54
Finale: Andante – Allegro 8:28


Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Violin & Piano Sonata Op.80, No.1, F minor/f-Moll

Andante assai 7:11
Allegro brusco 7:14
Andante 8:22
Allegrissimo 7:45


Total time: 57:43 Minutes


thestradSabrina-Vivian Höpcker impresses in this debut CD, with captivating readings of sonatas by Strauss and Prokofiev, and she is given impeccable support by pianist Fabio Bidini.

Strauss´s beautiful but fiendish Sonata op. 18 shimmers with brilliance, the players´ sensitivity to the ebb and flow of the music making this reading magical.

... Höpcker´s supreme control of the delicate phrases in the deeply felt Andante cantabile is highlighted by the transparency of texture from Bidini, and the wilful power unleashed in the Finale is gripping.

Prokofiev´s F minor Sonata is equally lovely: Höpcker gives an effortlessly beautiful reading of the intricately double-stopped chorale theme in the haunting Andante assai, and both players share in a deliciously quiet stillness at the end of the movement, where the violin´s whispering runs are underpinned by piano chords.

The Allegro brusco is bold yet searching, and the Andante achieves just the right air of yearning wistfulness. The final Allegrissimo is vividly expressive. …

Luckily … care has been taken over the recorded sound, which is spacious and lifelike.

The STRAD, Catherine Nelson, March 2009

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