another improvisation by Rupert Guenther (violin) & Melvyn Cann (piano)

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The Moxbournienna Sonatas are a 2 CD set of recordings of 2 three-movement sonatas of my improvised classical music, commissioned and recorded by the ABC Classic FM in Melbourne, Australia.

This is the 1st movement Largo Spirituoso from the first sonata.

In these sonatas, the classic combination of violin and piano drew on Melvyn and my influences of our respective life journeys living in wintery Melbourne, and important formative times spent living, studying, and performing professionally in Vienna and Oxford (hence the name of the sonatas being a composite name of the three cities).

For both Melvyn and myself, improvised classical music is a very spiritual process, and we enjoyed the opportunity to work together for these particular new sonatas.

There are no second takes or overdubs, what you here is what happened on the day. This kind of recording is very live! Also my good Italian concert violin was under repair at the time when the recordings had been scheduled for, and I had to borrow a local reputable maker's best student model violin for the session! However the dear little instrument acquitted itself quite well. Nothing a like a new violin on the day of a concert or recording to explore new ideas on!

another improvisation by Rupert Guenther (violin) & Melvyn Cann (piano)

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This is the 2nd movement Allegretto pondoroso. Again, no overdubs or second takes, just lots of inspiration.

another improvisation by Rupert Guenther (violin) & Melvyn Cann (piano)

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The 3rd movement Andante agitato. I love the way the piano did the introduction, and I was waiting, feeling for when to come in. It got pretty scary after nearly a minute had gone by - that's a long time! - but I trusted, and, as happens in life, I caught the wave, You will hear my violin entry at 1:22. That was awesome fun!

another improvisation by Rupert Guenther

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Wandjina (for solo violin) is from the Horizon Lines CD, which was recorded live in concert by 3MBS FM in Melbourne. Wandjina is an important figure in the Australian Aboriginal mythology, the giver and taker of life. This track is a live-to-air version I played at the radio station broadcast studio. It is completely improvised. For the broadcast I borrowed 2 newly made violins from violin maker Paul Davies to use on different tunes. On this track I used his copy of a Testore violin.

another improvisation by Rupert Guenther

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New Letters To Esterhazy is a set of 2 sonatas for solo violin commissioned and recorded by ABC Classic FM in Melbourne 2007. This is from the first sonata in 6 movements. This 4th movement is one of the beautiful reflective improvisations which flowed out that day. There were no second takes or overdubs - the recording is exactly as it happened. My good Italian concert violin was under repair, and Melbourne violin maker Paul Davies loaned me his latest violin for this recording session, a copy of a Testore violin. I had no time to practice on it, just straight into the ABC Iwaki Auditorium where the recording was made. Exploring the unique sounds of the instrument itself became an integral part of the improvisation.

another improvisation by Rupert Guenther

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This is the more fiery 6th and final movement of the New Letters To Esterhazy first sonata. It has so much f the Esterhazy region in it - the spirit of the landscape and being close to the Hungarian boarder with Austria. This was a pretty risky movement - I had never improvised anything with so much double-stopping or as fast for so long. Again, no second takes or overdubs here, just as i was. It was great fun and little terrifying. Same session, same day and same violin as the other movements.