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French & Belgian Violin Sonatas

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13
>Fauré, Gabriel : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 108
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
>Lekeu, Guillaume : Sonata for violin & piano in G major
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Reve d'enfant for violin & piano, Op 14
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Ballade and Polonaise, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 38
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
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Notes & Reviews:

Faure-lovers have long prayed for a CD reissue of the two sonatas from Grumiaux and Paul Crossley. And they won't be disappointed. The sound itself is pleasing-better, even, than I remember it on LP. And there is a radiance in the playing suggesting an unerring understanding of structure and style that somehow goes hand in hand with the joyous spontaneity of new discovery. The hyper-sensitive suppleness of Grumiaux's shading and phrasing is a particular delight, as is his awareness that just as much of the musical message comes from the piano-particularly in the Second Sonata. As for Crossley, not for nothing has he come to be recognized as one of this country's most dedicated Faure specialists. It would certainly be difficult to over-praise the subtlety of the two artists' interplay in both works." - Gramophone .



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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13
  • Performers: Paul Crossley (Piano); Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 108
  • Performers: Paul Crossley (Piano); Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin); György Sebök (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Sonata for violin & piano in G major
  • Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin); Dinorah Varsi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1931) : Rève d'enfant for violin & piano, Op 14
  • Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin); Dinorah Varsi (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1895-1900.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1895-1900

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Ballade and Polonaise, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 38
  • Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin); Dinorah Varsi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
  • Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin); István Hajdu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
  • Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin); István Hajdu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1927