UK-based Delphian Records is set to release a new audio recording by violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt. The pair delighted live audiences in Guarneri Hall in fall 2019, and Guarneri Hall has just posted a new video of their performance of the final movement from Copland’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, recorded in the hall.
Delphian’s description explains the title of their new CD as well as providing background information about the artists.
Since winning First Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, New Zealand-born violinist Benjamin Baker has established a strong presence across the globe, with acclaimed solo, chamber and concerto appearances on five continents. His Delphian recording debut sees him joined by regular duo partner Daniel Lebhardt in a programme of three powerful works which were all begun in 1942. Each marked in its own way by a world at war, these three sonatas – by Aaron Copland, Francis Poulenc and Sergei Prokofiev – show three of the twentieth century’s most individual and admired composers engaging themes of private loss, political uncertainty and music’s enduring ability both to reflect and to transcend circumstance.