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Franck: Violin Sonata; De Boeck, Etc / Duo Landini


Release Date: 04/25/2006 
Label:  Pavane   Catalog #: 7490   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  César FranckJan Van LandeghemAugust De Boeck
Performer:  Jan Van LandeghemJenny Spanoghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Landini
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



FRANCK (arr. Landeghem) Violin Sonata. Mélancolie . LANDEGHEM L?invisible pour les yeux . BOECK Prière ? Jenny Spanoghe (vn); Jan van Landeghem (org) ? PAVANE ADW 7490 (61:43)


Here?s a surprise. Franck?s Violin Sonata arranged for violin and organ Read more seemed at first blush a dubious proposition, and there are awkward moments?finding substitutes for the piano?s pedal-held arpeggios, or the organ?s part in the last movement canonic dialogue slipping into shadow. Spacious ambience effects a sonic penumbra in which detail blurs, suggesting the fantastic background surrounding Mona Lisa, with the violin winging through it like her radiantly enigmatic face. That is, one may nitpick, but this passionately poised, spellbinding performance restored to me a work I thought I could no longer tolerate after so many so-so, clueless renditions.


One would welcome these artists, who style themselves the Duo Landini, on any instruments. Moreover, the arrangement suggests how the Sonata would go as a concerto?fantasy wedded to Gothic splendor (one thinks of Pierné?s sumptuous orchestral transcription of the Prélude, Choral et Fugue). Landeghem?s luminous, ecstatic five-movement suite around Saint-Exupéry?s Little Prince is a cornucopia of sonic marvels poured forth prodigally with compelling conviction. One hardly knows which to praise more, Spanoghe?s seductive tone or her narrative eloquence?her Scheherazade-like relish in spinning out the piquantly piqued and fretted line Landeghem has given her, to make an unique demesne?high, wild, sweet, and moving?spanning the 20th century with generous overlaps either way.


Mélancolie , adapted from a leçon de solfège dating from 1885?which Franck?s biographer, Joël-Marie Fauquet, does not hesitate to compare to the Violin Sonata?opens the program with a small but radiant find, and August de Boeck?s last work, a brief Prière , reminiscent of Wolf?s Gebet in its simple, ceremonial sweetness, ushers it to a close. Which is to say that the program is a glorious string of enchanting discoveries that I do not merely recommend to you but urge upon you. You?ll be reminded on the next Want List.


FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mélancholie, M 10 by César Franck
Performer:  Jan Van Landeghem (Organ), Jenny Spanoghe (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Landini
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1911; France 
Venue:  St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Oostend 
Notes: Arranger: Jan van Landeghem. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Jan Van Landeghem (Organ), Jenny Spanoghe (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Landini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Oostend 
Notes: Arranger: Jan van Landeghem. 
3.
L'invisible pour les yeux by Jan Van Landeghem
Performer:  Jan Van Landeghem (Organ), Jenny Spanoghe (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Landini
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Venue:  St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Oostend 
4.
Gebed by August De Boeck
Performer:  Jenny Spanoghe (Violin), Jan Van Landeghem (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Landini
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Belgium 
Venue:  St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Oostend 
Notes: Arranger: Jan van Landeghem. 

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