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Claude Debussy, Leoš Janáček, Kenneth Hesketh, Ottorino Respighi

Michael Foyle | Maksim Stsura

The Great War Centenary

  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917278620
  • Catalog number CC 72786
  • Release date 09 November 2018
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About the album

‘Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and yet cannot remain silent’, wrote Victor Hugo in 1864. Half a century later, his words had never felt more pertinent. Every composer writing during World War I found a unique way, through their music, to describe and protest against the horrors that were tearing civilization apart.

Created in the depth of morbidity, Debussy’s parting musical gift is a subtle, dignified and heroic celebration of youth and joie de vivre. A sense of patriotism in the war years links Debussy with the foremost Moravian composer of the day, Leoš Janáček. Ottorino Respighi was only in his thirties when the war broke out. His 1917 Sonata for violin and piano is a work of Romance written in the time of hate, a reminder that the past and the future remain beacons of hope in desperate times.

Commissioned for this recital programme to reflect on the centenary of The Great War from our own times, Kenneth Hesketh’s Inscrizione, derivata, subtitled ‘A lie to the Dying’, is a quasi-meditation on the dying man, his anxious thoughts and the spasms of his failing heart being weaved conspicuously into a narrative of disquieting melancholy.

Foyle-Štšura Duo Praised for ‘playing of compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph) and ‘astonishing mutual feeling, understanding and responsiveness’ (Seen and Heard International), Foyle-Štšura Duo won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in 2015.


Evelyn Jain

October 11th 2018 02:32
I am so excited about this CD and can't wait to get my copy I am a huge fan of Michael Foyle as I heard him when visiting London. His violin playing is superb technically and emotionally. I live in western Canada and hope he will come and play for us here. I see he plays all over Europe

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