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French Music for Cello and Piano: Franck; Debussy; Poulenc / Anne Gastinel, cello; Claire Désert, piano

Audio Samples

>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Cello and Piano

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Cello and Piano
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Notes & Reviews:

New recording of one of the top-selling instrumental players in France. The repertoire is a great overview of deep, intense works from the French repertoire.

Classic FM Magazine
Highly articulate, sensitively shaped and technically mellifluous performances from two outstanding musicians, which on this occasion only catch fire intermittently.

BBC Music Magazine
[Gastinel] and Claire Desert have a wonderfully intuitive partnership and both draw on subtle, inimitable soundworlds... .Gastinel brings the right note of nonchalant simplicity to Debussy's Sonata... Where Rostropovich and Britten's landmark recording of this work has panache and bite, this duo, with cat-like tread, bring out an utterly different quality - equally stylish, and quietly impressive.

International Record Review
Gastinel and Desert make a very good job of [the Franck] - the playing is natural and unforced. The Debussy Cello Sonata is excellent here, an account that captures the fleeting moods of the work extremely well. This is quite an individual performance, working convincingly towards climaxes... The Poulenc Sonata here is a winner but the whole disc is very impressive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MC2, Grenoble, France (04/2011).



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Works Details

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Claire Désert (Piano); Anne Gastinel (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Claire Désert (Piano); Anne Gastinel (Cello)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Claire Désert (Piano); Anne Gastinel (Cello)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948