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Francis Poulenc, César Franck

Giovanni Guzzo

Violin Sonatas

  • Type CD
  • Label Champs Hill
  • UPC 5060212590831
  • Catalog number CHRCD 081
  • Release date 01 April 2016
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About the album

Each of the sonatas on this recording arose naturally out of notions of national identity and pride. They also reflect the careful cultivation of a distinctive repertoire of French chamber music during a period marked by breakneck change and catastrophic conflicts. César Franck and Gabriel Fauré, both talented and influential teachers, played significant roles in nudging French chamber music out of the comfort of domestic parlours and privileged aristocratic salons into the mainstream of the international concert repertoire. The Belgian Franck and his Francophone followers absorbed important lessons from German music; Fauré and many fellow Gallic composers, meanwhile, sought to emulate in their work the refined tonal beauty, clarity and sophistication of contemporary French verse. The art of composition in France gained in depth and seriousness during the early decades of the Third Republic, in part in response to heavy French losses in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, in part to advance the nation’s position in the escalating fin-de-siècle culture wars. While Poulenc openly mocked such high- minded gravité in the works of his precocious youth, in later years he confronted serious questions about life’s transience and paradoxes, not least those raised by the national humiliation that followed Nazi Germany’s conquest and partition of France in 1940. 

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    1
    Sonata in A Major I. Allegro molto
     
    07:35
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    2
    Sonata in A Major II. Andante
     
    06:28
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    Sonata in A Major III. Allegro vivo
     
    03:58
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    Sonata in A Major IV. Allegro quasi presto
     
    05:26
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    Violin Sonata I. Allegro con fuoco
     
    06:28
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    6
    Violin Sonata II. Intermezzo: Très lent et calme
     
    06:44
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    7
    Violin Sonata III. Presto tragico - Strictement la double plus lent
     
    05:26
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    8
    Violin Sonata I. Allegretto ben moderato
     
    06:00
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    Violin Sonata II. Allegro
     
    07:52
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    Violin Sonata III. Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
     
    07:21
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    Violin Sonata IV. Allegretto poco mosso
     
    05:52

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