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Franck, Debussy, Ravel: Violin Sonatas

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>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
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Notes & Reviews:

Jennifer Pike, one of the brightest up-and-coming stars on the musical scene today, performs some of the greatest chamber works in the violin repertoire. On her first recital recording for Chandos, she partners with the distinguished pianist Martin Roscoe, and together they superbly capture the Gaelic qualities of the violin sonatas by Franck, Debussy, and Ravel.

International Record Review
Pike's playing is muscular, her intonation immaculate. She plays a 1708 Goffriller, which has a pleasantly dark sound when required. She discovers the right mix of fantasy and nostalgia in Debussy's late Sonata...this is a most impressive debut recital disc, presenting a fully fledged artist who has much to communicate through her expressive playing.

BBC Music Magazine
Pike finds much to relish in [the three sonatas], not only in her beautiful singing tone, but also in moments of hushed mystery, all captured in an admirably clear recording that slightly over-favours the violin. Debussy's multiple gear-changes, Ravel's jazz-inflected musings and Franck's intense emotions are negotiated with ease.

Financial Times
Pike never over-eggs the gypsy element in Debussy, the blues in Ravel or the Germanic influence in Franck: she simply makes sure they inhabit their distinctive idiom...And yet, thanks to her thoughtful, lightly worn musicianship and Martin Roscoe's sensitive pianism, each piece retains its unmistakably Gallic flavour.

Classic FM Magazine
The most striking aspect of this challenging recital is Jennifer Pike's fearless exploration of the violin's lower dynamic range. French music is all about colour and here she reveals radiant hues and patinas that most players leave hidden under layers of interpretative accretion...Pike's dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique combine to create one of the most outstanding debut violin albums of recent years.

The Telegraph
thoroughly idiomatic, glistening performances of three core French violin sonatas. This is playing that brims with character, bringing a smoky seductiveness to the finale of the Debussy. Franck's A-major sonata is given with plenty of passion tempered by winning finesse in dynamics and tonal shading.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suff (12/14/2010-12/16/2010).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
  • Performers: Jennifer Pike (Violin); Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk (12/14/2010-12/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
  • Performers: Jennifer Pike (Violin); Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk (12/14/2010-12/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1927

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Jennifer Pike (Violin); Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk (12/14/2010-12/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886