Cellist Edgar Moreau and pianist David Kadouch have some pleasurable surprises in store with this programme of French sonatas from the late 19th and 20th centuries. The composers are Franck, Poulenc and two little-known figures, Rita Strohl and Fernand de La Tombelle. Forming an adjunct to the programme is the world premiere recording of a piece by Poulenc, titled Souvenirs and written in 1944. As the French magazine Téléramahas wrote: 'Both known as outstanding soloists, David Kadouch and Edgar Moreau also form a close-knit, well-balanced chamber duo, playing with passion and commitment.'
There's aRead more nice feel of continuity and development to this celebration of the 19th-century French cello school from the young French cellist. It's a fantastic program, too. Strohl's Titus et Berenice sonata is a cracker with its 35-minute, four movement dramatic depiction of the ancient Roman tale. De la Tombelle's gentle Andante espressivo is as exquisite as it is brief, as is the disc's premiere recording, Poulenc's poignant Souvenirs.
The partnership with Kadouch is also a fine thing, the two of them clearly singing from the same hymn sheet. This is a standout album.