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French Violin Sonatas

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The works in this collection emerged from the genre of duo concertant initially conceived as showcases for the virtuosity of Nicolò Paganini and his successors in the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing, notably Henry Vieuxtemps. He and Louise Farrenc remain attractive outliers in the chronology of French violin sonatas, which began proper in 1877 with the first performance of Fauré’s First Sonata, followed in short order by comparably significant works by Saint-Saëns and Franck. These three works considered together form a trinity linked by features which came to define the character of the French violin sonata as a genre over the next few decades: recitative-like sections, cyclical form, modal techniques and organ-like pedal points, especially in the piano part – all three composers having spent a good part of their career as titular organists at landmark churches in Paris.

A further spur to the flood of of violin sonatas from Paris during the first decades of the 20th century was the abundance of superb performers who had made Paris their home: foremost among them Pablo Sarasate, Eugène Ysaÿe, Georges Enescu, and Jacques Thibaut. The Wagnerian shadow falling over works by Roussel and Lekeu is decisively dispelled by Debussy’s late and sinuous masterpiece, and then more radically by Ravel in the lazy, seductive Blues of his Sonata. The collection evolves further with a bold Sonata of 1932 by André Jolivet, whose movement titles advertise his rejection of the classical forms honored by previous rarities – not only Louise Farrenc but also Rhené-Emmanuel Bâton, who composed in a richly mystical but traditional idiom as an outlet for the creative urges accumulated and repressed like Mahler during his occupation as a conductor.

REVIEW:

A sure-fire bet for collectors of unusual repertoire is Brilliant Classics’ set of French Violin Sonatas, which is headed, interpretatively, by the Debussy, Ravel (Second), and Franck sonatas, superbly played by violinist Kristóf Baráti and pianist Klára Würtz. All of these he excellent recordings date from between 1987 and 2020.

-- Gramophone



Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 21, 2022


  • Catalog Number: BRI96549


  • UPC: 5028421965499


  • Label: Brilliant Classics


  • Composer: Maurice Ravel, Rhene Baton, Claude Debussy, Louise Farrenc, Gabriel Faure, Camille Saint-Saens, Cesar Franck, Andre Jolivet, Albert Roussel, Francis Poulenc, Henri Vieuxtemps, Guillaume Lekeu, Darius Milhaud


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Gran Duo Italiano


  • Performer: Krysia Osostowicz, Jet Roling, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Joao Paulo Santos, Carmelo Andriani, Pierluigi Camicia, Leonardo Micucci, Linda di Carlo, Roberto Costa, Filippo Farinelli, Bruno Monteiro, Kristóf Baráti, Klára Würtz, Daniele Orlando, Angela Meluso, Duccio Ceccanti, Mauro Tortorelli, Matteo Fossi, Susan Tomes, Francesco Basanisi



Works:


  1. Variations concertantes sur un air suisse, Op. 20

    Composer: Louise Farrenc

    Performer: Daniele Orlando, Linda di Carlo


  2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 37

    Composer: Louise Farrenc

    Performer: Daniele Orlando, Linda di Carlo


  3. Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 39

    Composer: Louise Farrenc

    Performer: Daniele Orlando, Linda di Carlo


  4. Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

    Performer: Mauro Tortorelli, Angela Meluso


  5. Berceuse in B-Flat Major, Op. 38

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

    Performer: Mauro Tortorelli, Angela Meluso


  6. Violin Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 102

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

    Performer: Mauro Tortorelli, Angela Meluso


  7. Triptyque in D Major, Op. 136

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

    Performer: Mauro Tortorelli, Angela Meluso


  8. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13

    Composer: Gabriel Fauré

    Performer: Krysia Osostowicz, Susan Tomes


  9. Violin Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 108

    Composer: Gabriel Fauré

    Performer: Krysia Osostowicz, Susan Tomes


  10. Violin Sonata in G minor

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Kristof Barati, Klara Wurtz


  11. Violin Sonata no. 2 in G Major

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Performer: Kristof Barati, Klara Wurtz


  12. Violin Sonata in A Major, M. 8

    Composer: César Franck

    Performer: Kristof Barati, Klara Wurtz


  13. Violin Sonata in G Major

    Composer: Guillaume Lekeu

    Performer: Bruno Monteiro, João Paulo Santos


  14. Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 12

    Composer: Henri Vieuxtemps

    Performer: Carmelo Andriani, Pierluigi Camicia


  15. Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 24

    Composer: Rhené-Baton

    Performer: Leonardo Micucci, Francesco Basanisi


  16. Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 46: I. Allegro comodo

    Composer: Rhené-Baton

    Performer: Leonardo Micucci, Francesco Basanisi


  17. Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 11

    Composer: Albert Roussel

    Performer: Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Jet Roling


  18. Violin Sonata, FP 119

    Composer: Francis Poulenc

    Performer: Duccio Ceccanti, Matteo Fossi


  19. Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 3

    Composer: Darius Milhaud

    Ensemble: Gran Duo Italiano


  20. Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 40

    Composer: Darius Milhaud

    Ensemble: Gran Duo Italiano


  21. Violin Sonata

    Composer: André Jolivet

    Performer: Roberto Costa, Filippo Farinelli