Franck - Violin Sonata; Chausson - Concert in D major | Harmonia Mundi HMM902254

Franck - Violin Sonata; Chausson - Concert in D major


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902254

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 19th May 2017



Isabelle Faust (violin)
Alexander Melnikov (piano)
Salagon Quartet


Chausson, Ernest

Concert in D major for piano, violin and string quartet, op.21

Franck, Cesar

Violin Sonata in A major


Isabelle Faust (violin)
Alexander Melnikov (piano)
Salagon Quartet


Regular chamber partners Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, playing on period instruments, shine new light on two major works of chamber music written at the dawn of the 20th century.

The Sonata is Franck’s most frequently played and recorded work. Premiered by Eugčne Ysa˙e, in Brussels on 16 December 1886, a judge as shrewd as Alfred Cortot was lucid enough to make an arrangement for solo piano. Since then it has been transcribed for nearly every instrument on the planet and is a permanent staple of the repertoire. Although it is devoid of passages in double stopping or pizzicato, the violin part, replete with treacherous chromatic twists and turns, nonetheless poses formidable difficulties of intonation.

Franck's influence on Ernest Chausson's Concert is unmistakable. A late-Romantic hybrid, the work blends elements of piano and string quintet styles and here regains a freshness which delicately illuminates, in the hands of Faust and Melnikov. Completed a year after the Symphony in B flat, and again written for Ysa˙e, the Concert asserts its roots in the heritage of Rameau and Couperin, thus foreshadowing Debussy’s Hommage ŕ Rameau (1905) and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (1917).

“Alexander Melnikov's bright, at times almost puckish, piano playing is perfectly matched by the violinist Isabel Faust. She is one of the few violinists who virtually always hits the note dead-centre, and her rapport with Melnikov is clear.” – Rob Cowan, The Independent

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