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Franck & Strauss: Violin Sonatas / Augustin Dumay, violin; Louis Lortie, piano

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18
>Strauss, Richard : Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
>Franck, César : Melancholie, for violin & piano, M. 10
>Franck, César : Prelude, Fugue and Variation for Organ in B minor, Op. 18
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Notes & Reviews:

Franck's passionate and sunny Violin Sonata has long been regarded as one of the greatest in the repertoire, and is the work of a composer at the height of his powers. Richard Strauss's Violin Sonata, composed a year after Franck's in 1887, is the work of a young composer on the cusp of discovering his mature voice; lyrical and sumptuous, it has all the hallmarks of his later style. Performed here by violinist Augustin Dumay and French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, this recording marks the duo's recording debut.

International Record Review, May 2013
Augustin Dumay and Louis Lortie, ideally matched in this work, make it easy to lose oneself in the ardent Straussian reverie ... Here's a violinist who knows all the tricks - the expressiveness of a well-placed portamento, the way that carefully regulated vibrato gives every note a beating heart and so on ... I will return to it [the recording] often.

Sunday Times, 24th February 2013
This coupling is not as strange as it might seem on paper...Dumay's clean, sweet tone harks back to the great exemplars of the Franco-Belgian school, Arthur Grumiaux and Eugène Ysayë, the dedicatee of Franck's Sonata. Their way with this heady, passionate music is expansive, with melting portamentos in the great Recitative-Fantasia, and entirely idiomatic.

The Strad, May 2013
Compelling playing form one of today's great violinists ... this outstanding disc is a timely reminder of one of the modern violin greats.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
[the Franck] is full of passion and drama, while respecting the composer's detailed markings in the score...All in all, it's a splendid, thrilling performance...The full, realistic sound of the recording, notably of Lortie's bass register, allows the virtuoso character of much of the [Strauss] to make its full impact.

MusicWeb International, 26th June 2013
What has drawn me to these performances has been the refined and cultivated playing on offer and the perceived empathy between the two players...Tempi are well-judged, as are dynamic control and phrasing. They capture the essence of the music, and Franck's soaring lyricism pervades what we hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saint-Denis-le-Ferment, Normandy (09/24/2012-09/26/2012).



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>Strauss, Richard : Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18
  • Performers: Augustin Dumay (Violin); Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint-Denis-le-Ferment, Normandy (09/24/2012-09/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Strauss, Richard : Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9 :: no 1. Auf stillem Waldespfad (On a quiet forest path)
  • Performers: Augustin Dumay (Violin); Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint-Denis-le-Ferment, Normandy (09/24/2012-09/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882-1884

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Augustin Dumay (Violin); Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint-Denis-le-Ferment, Normandy (09/24/2012-09/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Mélancholie, for violin & piano, M. 10
  • Performers: Augustin Dumay (Violin); Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint-Denis-le-Ferment, Normandy (09/24/2012-09/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Prelude, Fugue and Variation for Organ in B minor, Op. 18
  • Performers: Augustin Dumay (Violin); Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint-Denis-le-Ferment, Normandy (09/24/2012-09/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873