Jennifer Pike Plays Franck, Debussy & Ravel

Jennifer Pike Plays Franck, Debussy & Ravel

by Jennifer Pike
     
 

The violin and piano sonatas of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel draw on foreign idioms: gypsy music in Debussy's case and African-American blues in Ravel's. But they remain completely French works, spiced with something exotic, and British violinist Jennifer Pike forges interpretations that keep this in mind. Start with the "Blues" slow movement of the Ravel "Violin… See more details below

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The violin and piano sonatas of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel draw on foreign idioms: gypsy music in Debussy's case and African-American blues in Ravel's. But they remain completely French works, spiced with something exotic, and British violinist Jennifer Pike forges interpretations that keep this in mind. Start with the "Blues" slow movement of the Ravel "Violin Sonata in G major": Pike and her accompanist, Martin Roscoe, avoid exaggerating the bluesy qualities of the music and instead emphasize the odd, almost tense disconnection between violin and piano that, combined with the languid blues melodies, gives this piece its special piquancy. In the entire Debussy sonata she works to create an improvisatory feeling, and her quiet but richly atmospheric performance makes this work come alive. The final "Violin Sonata in A major" by César Franck, a work that both Ravel and Debussy knew well and bounced off of in different directions, is also beautifully done, expanding hypnotically in the first movement from the stasis of the opening. Excellent studio engineering backs a recording that announces a major new talent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115166727
catalogNumber:
10667
Rank:
154253

Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & piano, L. 140  - Claude Debussy  - Martin Roscoe  - Jennifer Pike
  2. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in G major  - Maurice Ravel  - Martin Roscoe  - Jennifer Pike
  3. Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8  - César Franck  - Martin Roscoe  - Jennifer Pike

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