Dedications: French Music for Violin & Piano | Channel Classics CCS38516

Dedications: French Music for Violin & Piano


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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCS38516

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 21st October 2016



‘(...) It began with a piece which I fell in love with: Eugène Ysaÿe’s Poème élégiaque. You have to tune the bottom violin string a tone lower. That explains the dark character, which you hear particularly in the middle, which is a funeral march. Ysaÿe dedicated it to Gabriël Fauré. And so the idea for this CD was born: violin music by composers who honoured and inspired one another.

‘(...) The composers featured on this CD knew and respected one another. You can imagine them enjoying a glass of wine together in a cafe or a conversation in a salon. That sort of connection appeals to me, for today artists tend to work on their own. I often think about setting up a contemporary salon, a place where colleagues meet regularly and talk about art, discovering new things and inspiring each other.

‘(...) Is this a romantic CD? The word sounds a little inadequate, too flowery and sentimental. Romanticism can be a very serious matter. Sturm und Drang, love and death, profound emotions, feelings, feelings, feelings. This is my first CD on the “Barrere” Stradivarius dating from 1727. It has a warm, round tone, or rather: all sorts of sound layers with which I can express all those romantic emotions. I hope that the listener will come into contact with his own emotions. Or to put it more strongly: that he will catch a glimpse of his own soul.’

- from an interview with Rosanne Philippens


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