Tomasi: Complete Violin Works / Moraly, David, Billard, Republican Guard Orchestra

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Henri Tomasi’s violin works are little known but they offer a compact insight into the direction of French 20th-century composition. The Violin Concerto ‘Périple d’Ulysse’...

Henri Tomasi’s violin works are little known but they offer a compact insight into the direction of French 20th-century composition. The Violin Concerto ‘Périple d’Ulysse’ is a late work, by turns alluring, tragic and violent, conveyed through rhapsodic virtuosity and a rich sense of color. The Capriccio is full of elegance and refinement with emotional intensity in its slow movement and brilliance in its finale. Chant hébraïque conjures up Orientalist motifs while the sequence of early works for violin and piano reference Tomasi’s Corsican heritage and evoke quasi-cinematic exoticism.

REVIEW:

The most substantial work on the disc is 1962's Violin Concerto ‘Periple d’Ulysse’ (Ulysses’ Journey). Cast in four movements it’s a veritable tour-de-force for the soloist, demanding a virtuoso technique of the highest order. The work is brilliantly scored; Tomasi’s colorful orchestration is impressive by any standards. It’s highly rhapsodic, with moments of passionate intensity and drama.

The three-movement Capriccio (1931, rev. 1950) was, in effect, the composer’s first violin concerto. It conveys a distinctly Gallic tone. Once again, Tomasi proves himself a colorful and imaginative orchestrator. Two sprightly outer movements bookend a central Andante, described aptly in the booklet as “a moment of sheer beauty”. Moraly fully savors its glories with a beautiful, rich, ravishing tone. Although only a short piece, the Chant hébraïque, written two years before the Capriccio, is a well-crafted score. It’s gossamer orchestration and exotic flavour are enticing. Stéphanie Moraly is joined by pianist Romain David for the remaining four pieces. All are brief, the longest is just under six minutes.

I have really enjoyed this CD and recommend it wholeheartedly, simply because it ticks all the right boxes. Moraly and David perform these works with distinction. Their playing has precision and panache, and expressive warmth when called for. I admire their sublime musicianship. The recording is top notch.

-- MusicWeb International



Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 09, 2022


  • UPC: 747313909179


  • Catalog Number: 8579091


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Henri Tomasi


  • Conductor: Sebastien Billard


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestre Symphonique de la Garde Republicaine


  • Performer: Stephanie Moraly, Romain David



Works:


  1. Violin Concerto, "Périple d'Ulysse" (Ulysses' Journey)

    Composer: Henri Tomasi

    Ensemble: Orchestre de la Garde républicaine

    Performer: Stéphanie Moraly (Violin)

    Conductor: Sébastien Billard


  2. Capriccio

    Composer: Henri Tomasi

    Ensemble: Orchestre de la Garde républicaine

    Performer: Stéphanie Moraly (Violin)

    Conductor: Sébastien Billard


  3. Chant hébraïque

    Composer: Henri Tomasi

    Ensemble: Orchestre de la Garde républicaine

    Performer: Stéphanie Moraly (Violin)

    Conductor: Sébastien Billard


  4. Tristesse d'Antar

    Composer: Henri Tomasi

    Performer: Stéphanie Moraly (Violin), Romain David (Piano)


  5. Poème for Violin and Piano

    Composer: Henri Tomasi

    Performer: Stéphanie Moraly (Violin), Romain David (Piano)


  6. Chant corse

    Composer: Henri Tomasi

    Performer: Stéphanie Moraly (Violin), Romain David (Piano)


  7. Paghiella, Sérénade cyrnéenne

    Composer: Henri Tomasi

    Performer: Stéphanie Moraly (Violin), Romain David (Piano)