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

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: 4211542
Orchestra/Ensemble: Melos Ensemble London
Number of Discs: 1

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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 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]

Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer: Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916-1917 ; France
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
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
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer: Radu Lupu (Piano), Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
3. Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Osian Ellis (Harp )
Orchestra/Ensemble: Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; France
3. Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Osian Ellis (Harp )
Orchestra/Ensemble: Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; France
4. Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy
Performer: Osian Ellis (Harp ), Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
4. Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy
Performer: Osian Ellis (Harp ), Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
5. Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Osian Ellis (Harp )
Orchestra/Ensemble: Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; France
5. Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Osian Ellis (Harp )
Orchestra/Ensemble: Melos Ensemble London
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; France
6. Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy
Performer: Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Osian Ellis (Harp )
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
6. Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy
Performer: Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Osian Ellis (Harp )
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
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