Mark Fewer
John Novacek

George Antheil: Sonatas for Violin and Piano


Mark Fewer, violin
John Novacek, piano

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Track Listing

Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
(for Ezra Pound, best of friends)
1. Allegro [8:29]

Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano [24:39]
(for Olga Rudge)
2. Allegro Moderato [10:33]
3. Andante Moderato [3:09]
4. Funebre, lento expressivo [5:00]
5. Presto [5:42]

Sonata No. 4 (2) for Violin and Piano [20:24]
6. I. Scherzo-Sonata-Allegro | Allegro giocoso [6:39]
7. II. Passacaglia-Variations | Larghetto [8:02]
8. III. Toccata-Rondo | Allegro comodo [5:33]

Sonata for Violin Solo [11:24]
(to Olga Rudge)
9. Moderato [8:50]
10. (Manuscript incomplete) [2:29]

Violinist Mark Fewer enjoys one of the most varied musical lives of his generation. Known for his relaxed style and honest interpretations, he switches easily between duties as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, artistic programmer, arranger, jazz musician, and most recently, teacher.

Mr. Fewer was concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony from 2004-2008. While there, he gave the Canadian premiere performances of The Dharma at Big Sur for 6-string electric violin and orchestra by John Adams, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s The Unfinished Violin Concerto in C major, WoO5. Recent engagements as soloist have included appearances with groups as wide-ranging as the Fodens-Richardson Brass Band (UK), the Melbourne Symphony (Australia), the Zapp Quartet (Amsterdam), the Toronto Symphony (Canada), the Evergreen Gamelan and McGill Percussion Ensembles (Canada), as well as appearing as soloist/director with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, the McGill Baroque Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Newfoundland Sinfonia, and the Scotiafestival Strings. He is heard regularly on CBC (where he also frequently serves as guest commentator), RTVE, BBC Radio 3, ABC, and NPR.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Fewer is a regular member of the Duke Piano Trio and Canada’s Super Nova String Quartet, both of whom recently finished Beethoven cyles to critical acclaim. When not performing with these groups, Mr. Fewer is invited regularly to perform chamber music around the world with many of the world’s best musicians.

Mr. Fewer recently released a CD of violin and piano sonatas by Brahms with Peter Longworth on Piano for the Azica label, as well as a CD of the complete baroque sonatas of Giovanni Pandolfi on the Smithsonian’s new Friends of Music label.

Works written especially for him include Worry (for violin and eight cellos) by James Rolfe, Nine Daies Wonder (for violin/narrator and brass band) by Bramwell Tovey, and Changing Seasons (for violin, jazz orchestra and strings) by Phil Dwyer.

He is Artistic Director of the immensely successful SweetWater Music Festival and currently serves as chair of the string area of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

Pianist John Novacek regularly tours the Americas, Europe and Asia as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist; in the latter capacity he has presented over thirty concerti with dozens of orchestras.

John Novacek’s major American performances have been heard in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Symphony Space, Washington’s The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center and Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall, while international venues include Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Musée du Louvre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, as well as most of the major concert halls of Japan. He is also a frequent guest artist at festivals, here and abroad, including New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival and those of Aspen, Cape Cod, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Colorado College, Ravinia, Seattle, SummerFest La Jolla, Wolf Trap, BBC Proms (England), Braunschweig (Germany), Lucerne, Menuhin and Verbier (Switzerland), Majorca (Spain), Sorrento (Italy), Stavanger (Norway), Toulouse (France) and Sapporo (Japan).

Often heard on radio broadcasts worldwide, John Novacek has appeared on NPR’s Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday and, as both featured guest composer/performer, on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He is also frequently seen and heard on television, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Entertainment Tonight and CNN International.

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