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Connections: Music by Franck, Debussy, Chausson and Fauré / Winona Zelenka, cello; Connie Shih, piano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
>Chausson, Ernest : Piece for viola (or cello) & piano in C major, Op. 39
>Fauré, Gabriel : Papillon, for cello & piano, Op. 77
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording is about connections. All four featured composers lived in Paris during the second half of the 19th century and were linked both professionally and personally.

Franck's great Sonata is like capturing and portraying a life in sound. The first movement is a languid, delicate introduction, with only hints of the ecstasy yet to come. The second movement, with its restless virtuosic piano writing, speaks of the passion of youth, full of angst and yearning. The third movement, with its question and answer between piano and cello, is more philosophical - a contemplative discourse in which moments of quiet desperation balance moments of celestial beauty. The fourth movement is a mature epilogue, growing in joy and excitement until the glorious, triumphant ending.

The Debussy Sonata is short, with abrupt and daring changes in mood and colour. Ideas appear and morph so quickly from one emotional state to the next that one is left with only fleeting impressions. Chausson's Piéce is a little gem. It's an extremely beautiful and wistful late work - one which needs space to breathe and to sing. Fauré's Papillon, by comparison, is a lightning-fast piece where images seem to appear and disappear - like a mirage.

Audiophile Audition
Zelenka astonishes with her emotional vibrancy and control. This is the single best set of these suites that I have ever heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto (08/08/2011-08/10/2011).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
  • Performers: Winona Zelenka (Cello); Connie Shih (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Chausson, Ernest : Pièce for viola (or cello) & piano in C major, Op. 39
  • Performers: Winona Zelenka (Cello); Connie Shih (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Papillon, for cello & piano, Op. 77
  • Performers: Winona Zelenka (Cello); Connie Shih (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Connie Shih (Piano); Winona Zelenka (Cello)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic