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Paris La Belle Epoque - Faure, Massenet, Etc / Ma, Stott


Release Date: 04/29/2003 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 87287   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréCésar FranckJules MassenetCamille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaKathryn Stott
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This week's CD Pick takes us to the fashionable salons of late 19th-century Paris. Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott partner in this CD of elegant French chamber music aptly titled "Paris: La Belle Époque". The recording features a combination of major works and well-known shorter pieces, all transcribed from their original versions for violin. The Faure Violin Sonata #1 and Franck Violin Sonata in A Major both take on a rich, warm character in cello transcription, and Massenet's ever-popular "Meditation from Thais" and Saint-Saens' exotic Havanaise work equally well as arranged by Ma. The cello and piano playing are both top-notch in this recording - refined and elegant overall, yet dramatic and exciting when called for Read more (particularly in the Franck). It's not surprising that Stott and Ma's previous collaboration, "Soul of the Tango", won a Grammy.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA 
Length: 25 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Yo-Yo Ma 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA 
Length: 26 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Yo-Yo Ma 
4.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Yo-Yo Ma 

Sound Samples

Méditation from Thaïs
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivo
IV. Allegro quasi presto
Havanaise, Op. 83
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato
IV. Allegretto poco mosso

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