Minstrels: Works for Violin and Piano by Debussy, Pierne and Faure | Continuo Classics CC777705

Minstrels: Works for Violin and Piano by Debussy, Pierne and Faure


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Label: Continuo Classics

Cat No: CC777705

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd June 2014



It wasn’t long ago, maybe 15 years, that a French composer who had the audacity to adventure into the world of orchestral music, had no other way of having his music heard than by performing it himself and inviting all of his friends and some members of the press to come and listen. He could only dream of having his music heard by the public. Everyone would flee if they saw his name on the concert hall door. Societies of chamber music, numerous and flourishing as they were, only allowed the dazzling names of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn onto their programmes, sometimes Schumann if they were feeling daring.”

These were the remarks made by Camille Saint-Saens in September 1880 when speaking about the role that he hoped that the National Society of Music would have in helping young composers to present their music in public. Whether it be one of Faure’s sonatas (1845-1924) or one of Pierne’s (1863-1937), as soon as a piece was classed 'instrumental', its future appeared pre-determined.

Izumiko Aoyagi and Christophe Giovaninetti started to play together in Marseille (south of France) where they studied in Pierre Barbizet's class. This great pianist who formed the famous duo Ferras-Barbizet with the violinist Christian Ferras, taught them how to master the art of such an ensemble. But it was only much later, in 2009, after having each led their own career independently, that Izumiko Aoyagi and Christophe Giovaninetti decided to form a regular duo. They performed many times in France and Japan.

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