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Faure * D. Matthews: 'Romanza'

Magazine article Gramophone

Faure * D. Matthews: 'Romanza'

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Faure * D Matthews

'Romanza'

Faure Violin Sonata, Op 13. Romance, Op 28 D Matthews Adonis, Op 105. Aria, Op 41. Romanza, Op 119a Sara Trickey vn Daniel Tong pf Deux-Elles (F) DXL1172 (68' * DDD)

On the face of it, Faure might not seem like the most obvious of pairings for the music of David Matthews, but apparently he's Matthews's own choice. 'The pursuit of beauty in his music is something that strongly attracts me', he writes in the booklet notes for this captivating recital, and when you hear the opening bars of the first piece recorded here, Matthews's 2007 sonatina-by-any-other-name Adonis, it all makes perfect sense. The opening invocation for piano (representing Adonis), its response from the violin (a seductive Venus), and the way the music immediately blossoms into a lilting melody: we're not far here from the world of Szymanowski's Mythes. Matthews has a gift for drawing new beauties from traditional mediums and the ending of this graceful three-movement work, when he finally uncovers the Welsh folk song upon which the whole piece is based, is magical in its simplicity. …

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