Strauss and Franck

Franck & Strauss:

  • Violin Sonatas

I started to take violin lessons at age 7; and one of the sonatas that I played after I learned some technique was the Cesar Frank sonata in A-Major. It is a wonderful piece, and it is frequently performed. Even folks like Yo Yo Ma, play a transcription of it for Cello.

On this CD, we get to hear the following:

Franck, C:

  • Violin Sonata in A major
  • Mélancolie for piano and violin in E minor
  • Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18

Strauss, R:

  • Stimmungsbilder for Piano Op. 9 : No. 1 Auf stillen Waldespfad
  • Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Performed by Augustin Dumay (violin) & Louis Lortie (piano)

Mr. Lortie is a wonderful musician, and a person with a fine sense of humor. I have heard him perform, but I actually do not know much about Mr. Dumay

César Franck’s passionate and sunny violin sonata has long been regarded as one of the greatest in the repertoire, and is the work of a composer at the height of his powers. Richard Strauss’ violin sonata, composed a year after Franck’s in 1887, is the work of a young composer on the cusp of discovering his mature voice.

Theviolinist and conductor Augustin Dumay and pianist Louis Lortie – recently described as ‘mesmerising’ by the New York Times – are now a regular partnership, and this recording marks the duo’s debut recording.

Here, for your enjoyment is a video of the late Isaac Stern & Jean-Bernard Pommier – César Franck Violin Sonata in A major:



And next, here are violinist Vadim Repin and pianist Nikolai Lugansky Playing Franck’s Violin Sonata 1st movement in Tokyo:


Tags: Augustin Dumay, Louis Lortie, Cesar Franck, Strauss, violin sonatas

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