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Catoire: 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano'

Magazine article Gramophone

Catoire: 'Complete Works for Violin and Piano'

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'Complete Works for Violin and Piano' Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 15; No 2, 'Poeme', Op 20. Elegy, Op 26

Laurence Kayaleh vn Stephane Lemelin of Naxos (M) 8 573345 (53' * DDD)


A lightning-flash of piano semiquavers, the violin pulls itself defiantly up to its full height, and Georgy Catoire's First Violin Sonata is in business. Catoire is a minor figure in Silver Age Russian Romanticism but his music has a big personality. Tchaikovsky recognised that--he asked the student Catoire to send him everything he wrote, telling him that 'I am in sympathy with you, both as artist and man'. This is music of the Western-facing Moscow school; think supercharged Arensky.

Large-scale music, then, and Laurence Kayaleh and Stephane Lemelin give it large-scale performances. That's all very well up to a point; they're both powerful players and the music often suits a red-blooded approach (listen to Kayaleh from 6'19" in the Second Sonata to hear her low register in all its gutsy glory). …

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