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Franck, Dvorak, Grieg: Violin Sonatas / Gleusteen, Et Al

Release Date: 06/29/2004 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 37   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard GriegAntonín DvorákCésar Franck
Performer:  Kai GleusteenCathérine Ordronneau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When it comes to Grieg's C minor sonata, there's no such thing as kid-glove treatment by violinist Kai Gleusteen and pianist Catherine Ordronneau. They take the first movement's Allegro molto ed appassionato marking on faith, underlining the music's inherent passion and vitality with controlled freedom and a wide dynamic range. Gleusteen's tone is not particularly pretty, and sometimes it loses intonational focus, yet his pointed phrasing keeps Grieg's lovely melodies afloat and alive, especially in the slow movement.

Both Gleusteen and Ordronneau perfectly gauge the upbeat, rustic flavor of the Native American-tinged tunes prevailing throughout Dvorák's Sonatina. The performance's special qualities further hit home
Read more when you compare it to Itzhak Perlman's heavier, "one vibrato size fits all" interpretation on EMI. I can accept the Crear Arts Center's dry, bass-heavy, and slightly murky sonics in the Grieg and Dvorák, yet I feel they work to Franck's disadvantage in his thickly scored, harmonically elaborate Violin Sonata. There's no question that Gleusteen and Ordronneau have mastered the music's large-scaled demands, especially in the second and fourth movements, yet the lighter, more transparent textures and rhythmic pliability that Oistrakh/Richter, Chang/Vogt, and yes, Perlman (Ashkenazy or Argerich) bring to this piece ultimately leave more lasting impressions. I should mention Avie's excellent booklet notes, attractive graphics, and tasteful photos.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 45 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kai Gleusteen (Violin), Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Norway 
Date of Recording: 6/2003 
Venue:  CREAR, Argyll, Scotland 
Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100/B 183 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano), Kai Gleusteen (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 6/2003 
Venue:  CREAR, Argyll, Scotland 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Cathérine Ordronneau (Piano), Kai Gleusteen (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 6/2003 
Venue:  CREAR, Argyll, Scotland 

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