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An American in Paris - Poulenc, Ives, Gershwin, Ravel / Tamsin Waley-Cohen; Huw Watkins

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for violin & piano, FP 119
>Ives, Charles : Decoration Day, for violin & piano, S. 64 (K. 2C7)
>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
>Heifetz, Jascha : Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano
>Heifetz, Jascha : Tempo di Blues, arrangement for violin & piano (after Gershwin's Porgy and Bess)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Tamsin Waley-Cohen explores her European/American heritage on her debut disc. Tamsin explains, "Song is one of the primary connections between all the works on this disc. I grew up with many of them; the Ives and the Gershwin, and even the Blues in the Ravel, from my American mother. Some, such as the cafe songs of the Poulenc, are part of my European heritage."

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The title An American in Paris is a perfect description of this recording made by this English violinist and Welsh pianist. It is amusing to hear how much of An American in Paris made it into Ravel's Violin Sonata, and this exquisite reading of the Ravel allows Heifetz's omissions in the Gershwin to fade away. Both readings are satisfying.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (11/05/2012-11/07/2012).



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for violin & piano, FP 119
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (11/05/2012-11/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1943

>Ives, Charles : Decoration Day, for violin & piano, S. 64 (K. 2C7)
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (11/05/2012-11/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: after 1919

>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (11/05/2012-11/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (11/05/2012-11/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1927

>Heifetz, Jascha : Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (11/05/2012-11/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Heifetz, Jascha : Tempo di Blues, arrangement for violin & piano (after Gershwin's Porgy and Bess)
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (11/05/2012-11/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic