La Voix: French Music for Violin & Piano | Orchid Classics ORC100053

La Voix: French Music for Violin & Piano


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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100053

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 26th February 2016



This is Callum Smartís second CD with Orchid, his debut recording being ORC100040, described by BBC Music Magazine as ďan exuberantly assured debutĒ. It was also selected as a recommendation by The Strad. Callum now studies in Indiana, as recipient of the Premier Young Artist Award at the Jacobs School of Music.


If you need any convincing that the choice of title for this album is an appropriate one, just listen to the dreamy intermezzo of Poulencís sonata for violin and piano, FP 119: in the hands of Callum Smart and Richard Uttley its vocal quality is never in doubt. Ö [Smartís] partnership with Uttley is best displayed here in their beautifully judged reading of Faurťís songlike violin sonata No 1 in A and in the flashes of earthy passion they bring to Ravelís Gypsy-inspired rhapsody Tzigane. Stephen Pritchard

The Observer 28 February 2016

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