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Faure * Franck: Faure Violin Sonatas-No. 1, Op 13

Magazine article Gramophone

Faure * Franck: Faure Violin Sonatas-No. 1, Op 13

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Faure * Franck

Faure Violin Sonatas--No 1, Op 13; No 2, Op 108

Franck Violin Sonata

Tedi Papavrami vn Nelson Goerner'/

Alpha (F) ALPHA271 (75' * DDD)

What does a disc of Romantic French violin sonatas suggest to you? Subtle colours, belle epoque elegance, the 'play of graceful, fleeting lines' that Debussy said he heard in the music of Gabriel Faure? Not here. Listen to the way that Nelson Goerner and the Albanian violinist Tedi Papavrami open Franck's Violin Sonata. Hear the firmness of Papavrami's tone and sense the way that Goerner's lines quietly pull the music forwards with increasing momentum and weight. It feels like a symphonic prelude; and sure enough, when the second movement finally breaks, it's positively volcanic: a headlong, keyboard-shaking, lower-string-buzzing onrush of passion. No wonder Proust felt that this music burned itself on to your soul.

These are huge performances, of enormous intensity and sweep, and in the heat of the moment it's hard not to be carried away. …

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