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Franck, Debussy: Violin Sonatas; Ravel / Chung, Lupu, Et Al


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  London/Decca Chamber Mus Series Catalog #: 421154   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyCésar FranckMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Radu LupuKyung-Wha ChungOsian Ellis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is in every way a remarkable CD. Not only are the performances fused with a poetic inspiration seldom encountered in the recording studio, but the sound-quality is uniformly first rate.

This is in every way a remarkable CD. Not only are the performances fused with a poetic inspiration seldom encountered in the recording studio, but the sound-quality is uniformly first rate. Kyung Wha Chung and Radu Lupu treat the Franck in an unhurried and thoughtful manner that allows the lyricism of the work to take pride of place. In the Debussy Violin Sonata Chung's superb instrumental craft reminded me of Heifetz—her directness is disarming. Yet it is the subtlety and atmosphere of the music that make the biggest impact. The
Read more Ravel and the Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp, though recorded some 15 years earlier, have come up with a pristine freshness here. There is not a musician in the country with a more natural fluency than Osian Ellis, and together with the delicately sensitive contributions of the other players, the performances make for some compelling listening.

-- James Methuen-Campbell, Gramophone [1/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano), Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  London 
Length: 13 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  London 
Length: 27 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Osian Ellis (Harp), Radu Lupu (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  London 
Length: 10 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  London 
Length: 15 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

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
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140: 1. Allegro vivo
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140: 2. Intermède (Fantasque et léger)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140: 3. Finale (Très animé)
Introduction and Allegro
Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, L. 137: 1. Pastorale
Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, L. 137: 2. Interlude
Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, L. 137: 3. Finale

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