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Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
30-04-2021
Barcode:
0855317003851
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
ODRCD385
La Recherche
La Recherche

Description

A sumptuous album of French and Belgian music for violin and piano, performed with unique intimacy and poetry by long-term partners Franco Mezzena and Elena Ballario.

Cesar Franck's Violin Sonata in A is his most celebrated work, a perfect example of cyclical form resulting in music of ardour and spirit, the two protagonists engaged in a lively and exhilarating dialogue that culminates in a thrilling finale. Franck had promised a violin sonata to Cosima Wagner, but it was Eugene Ysaye's request for a wedding piece that finally galvanised him to compose the work. Debussy's Violin Sonata was his last complete composition, written in the shadow of the First World War. The work reflects some of the internal tussle the composer was experiencing during the conflict, but with his characteristic fluidity and nuanced harmonies. Debussy said of the work: "Through a quite humane contradiction, it is full of a joyous tumult." Florent Schmitt was a French composer who absorbed Germanic influences to create a rich and passionate vocabulary. His music has seen a revival in recent years, and his Four Pieces for Violin and Piano encompass a lyrical 'Lied', brooding 'Nocturne', sunny 'Serenade' and remarkably dramatic 'Barcarolle'. Italian musicians Franco Mezzena (violin) and Elena Ballario (piano) have been collaborating for some time, resulting in a performance style of real kinship, warmth and understanding. With Odradek they have also made a superb recording of Schubert's Piano Trios as part of the Mezzena/Patria/Ballario Trio.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Franck: Sonata For Violin And Piano In A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123. I. Allegretto Ben Moderato
  3. Franck: Sonata For Violin And Piano In A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123. II. Allegro
  4. Franck: Sonata For Violin And Piano In A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123. III. Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben Moderato
  5. Franck: Sonata For Violin And Piano In A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123. IV. Allegretto Poco Mosso
  6. Debussy: Sonata For Violin And Piano In G Minor, L.140. I. Allegro Vivo
  7. Debussy: Sonata For Violin And Piano In G Minor, L.140. II. Intermède: Fantasque Et Léger
  8. Debussy: Sonata For Violin And Piano In G Minor, L.140. III. Finale: Très Animé
  9. Florent Schmitt: Four Pieces For Violin And Piano, Op. 25. I. Lied
  10. Florent Schmitt: Four Pieces For Violin And Piano, Op. 25. II. Nocturne
  11. Florent Schmitt: Four Pieces For Violin And Piano, Op. 25. III. Sérénade
  12. Florent Schmitt: Four Pieces For Violin And Piano, Op. 25. IV. Barcarolle
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