FRANCK: Sonata for v. & p.; Melancolie, Andantino quietoso; RAVEL: Sonata for v. & p. No. 2; Tzigane – Kirill Troussov, v./ Alexandra Troussova, p. – MD&G Recital

An excellent performance of Ravel & Franck violin & piano sonatas, plus extras.

FRANCK: Sonata for violin & piano; Melancolie, Andantino quietoso Op. 6; RAVEL: Sonata for violin & piano No. 2; Tzigane – Kirill Troussov, v./ Alexandra Troussova, p. – MD&G Recital multichannel SACD 903 1984-6 (plus 2+2+2), 65:28 (Distr. by Naxos) [1/13/17] ****:

A really wonderful violin and piano recital in hi-res surround. Troussove has a lovely sound on his violin and the German Steinway of Troussova’s sounds (built in 1901) excellent in this hi-res recital. And Troussov plays a 1702 Stradivarius on which Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto of 1881 had been performed.

Troussova is the brother of Troussov, and both have performed thruout Europe at various concerts, and they have made many recording for the EMI Classics label.

Franck was most important to French music during his lifetime, and strugged to promote French music after the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871. He was the organist at various churches in Paris until his death and during the last decade or so of his life concentrated on chamber music, of which his Sonata for Violin and Piano is an example.

Ravel intended his Violin Sonata in G major (1923-27) to highlight the contrast between the piano and the violin. It’s second movement shows the composer’s interest in jazz, especially with its title, Blues. This sonata is the last of Ravel’s chamber works.

—John Sunier

 

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