Andrew Violette

Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin

Robert Uchida, violin

Innova 711


Disc 1

1   3:45           Aria

2    2:42           Bells

3   34:03        Chaconne

4   6:40           Bells with Trills


Disc 2

Seven Variations on the Aria:

        1   3:42    The Ysaye Variation

        2   5:31     The Kreisler Variation

        3   3:39    The Bartok Variation

        4   12:13       The Aria Deconstructed Variation

        5   13:59       The Aria Even More Deconstructed Variation

        6   4:50     The Inversus, Regresus Variation

        7   2:49     The Verdi Variation


8    8:19           Bells with Trills and Scales

9              4:00       Aria da capo

After I had finished Rave I decided to go back to the beginning. In four months I wrote three big pieces for solo instruments: a piece for cello, a piece for guitar and a piece for violin. Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin is the first to be recorded, and recorded beautifully, masterfully, by Robert Uchida, who took endless pains to transform the score into something beautiful. That's why the piece and the CD are dedicated to him. –AV


Recording and Mastering:

Joe Patrych Studio, NYC

Photos: Paul De Decker

Notes: Bruce Posner

Publicity: Janet Reid

Producer: Andrew Violette


Innova is supported by an endowment

from the McKnight Foundation.

Philip Blackburn, director, design

Chris Campbell, operations manager



Also by Andrew Violette on innova:

Piano Sonatas, Volume One (587)

Piano Sonatas, Volume Two (641)

The Death of the Hired Man (608)

Rave (674)


Praised for his “virtuosic technique” and “thorough musical understanding” (Halifax Herald), Robert Uchida has quickly established himself as one of Canada’s most exceptional collaborative artists and concertmasters.  As a soloist and chamber musician, Uchida has performed throughout North America and Europe.   At age 27, he was named Concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax.  Uchida received his musical training at the University of Ottawa and the Manhattan School of Music.  Upon completion of his Masters degree, he was awarded the prestigious Hugo Kortschak award by the Manhattan School.  Among his teachers were David Stewart, Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman.