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Chausson: Concert; Ravel, Et Al / Bell, Thibaudet


Release Date: 05/10/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000444702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  César FranckClaude DebussyErnest ChaussonGabriel Fauré,   ... 
Performer:  Joshua BellJean-Yves ThibaudetSteven Isserlis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"These three violin sonatas [Debussy, Fauré, and Franck] together form a satisfying programme and I have enjoyed the way in which Joshua Bell and Jean-Yves Thibaudet respond to the differing demands placed on them by the various composers... [T]he scherzo and finale [in the Fauré] have a vivid delicacy and a pleasing purpose respectively... In the Franck, Bell and Thibaudet are positive and poetic..." -- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [11/1989, reviewing Decca 421817]

"Chausson's Concert for piano, violin and string quartet has an unusual force and scope for chamber music... [I]n the Decca recording Joshua Bell's big, assertive D major tune at 1'30'' in the first movement tells us the same. The
Read more players give this music (marked Decide) the right kind of forward surge. They are convincing too in the dreamily modulating slower music beginning at 3'30'', which resists settling down to a definite theme and key yet remains positive, and is thus forward-looking for 1891; actually, a theme in B major does finally emerge at 4'40''... The recording is spacious and the sound of Thibaudet's piano (and fine playing) is well caught and balanced... The Ravel Trio as played by Bell and Thibaudet with Steven Isserlis is a sensitive and well-recorded performance with plenty of voltage, worthy to stand up to...the famous one by the Beaux Arts Trio on Philips [which] still remains both the most refined and the most thrilling available. Nevertheless, here too we find skill and a fine freshness." -- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [1/1991, reviewing Decca 425860]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
3.
Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1891; France 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; France 
5.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Joshua Bell (Violin), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A, Op.13: 1. Allegro molto
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A, Op.13: 2. Andante
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A, Op.13: 3. Allegro vivo
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A, Op.13: 4. Allegro quasi presto
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140: 1. Allegro vivo
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140: 2. Intermčde (Fantasque et léger)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140: 3. Finale (Trčs animé)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: 1. Allegretto ben moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: 2. Allegro- Quasi lento- Tempo 1 (Allegro)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: 3. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato - Largamente - Molto vivace)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: 4. Allegretto poco mosso
Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op.21: 1. Décidé; Calme; Animé
Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op.21: 2. Sicilienne
Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op.21: 3. Grave
Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op.21: 4. Finale
Piano Trio in A minor: 1. Modéré
Piano Trio in A minor: 2. Pantoum (Assez vif)
Piano Trio in A minor: 3. Passacaille (Trčs large)
Piano Trio in A minor: 4. Final (Animé)

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