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Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen

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Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen
Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen


A sense of discovery is a key theme in the third ECM recital of sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana. Alongside a landscape of French music for violin and piano, drawing on a multiplicity of inspirations, the album includes a premiere recording of György Ligeti's 1946 Duo (dedicated to Kúrtag, and influenced by Hungarian and Rumanian folk music).

Duo Gazzana plays one of the most popular violin sonatas in the repertoire, César Franck's epic A major Sonata of 1886, and one that's little-known, Maurice Ravel's Sonate posthume, written in 1897, when its composer was just 22. The album concludes with Olivier Messiaen's Thème et variations of 1932, a work which in some aspects prefigures the 'Quatuor pour la fin du temps'.

The Italian sisters' performances of Ravel, Franck, Ligeti and Messiaen were recorded at Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in March 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana were born in Sora near Rome. Although their first official concerts as Duo Gazzana date back to the mid-1990s, they have been playing together from the beginning of their musical educations, their parallel musical experience and a love of chamber music enabling them to develop their shared sense of harmony. The two musicians, individually and together, have been encouraged by teachers including Bruno Canino, Ruggieri Ricci, Yehudi Menuhin, Corrado Romano, Piero Farulli, and Pierre Amoyal.

Personnel: Natascia Gazzana (violin), Raffaella Gazzana (piano)


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  2. Ravel - Sonate posthume, for violin and piano
  3. Franck - Violin Sonata - I Allegretto ben moderato
  4. Franck - Violin Sonata - II Allegro
  5. Franck - Violin Sonata - III Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
  6. Franck - Violin Sonata - IV Allegretto poco mosso
  7. Ligeti: Duo for violin and piano
  8. Messiaen: Thème et variations
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