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'La Sonate De Vinteuil'

Magazine article Gramophone

'La Sonate De Vinteuil'

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'La sonate de Vinteuil' Debussy Violin Sonata Hahn A Chloris. L'heure exquise Pierne Violin Sonata, Op 36 Saint-Saens Violin Sonata No 1, Op 75 Maria Milstein vn Nathalia Milstein pf Mirare (F) MIR384 (66'. DDD)

In search of la petite phrase: what Francophile wouldn't be fascinated by a recital devoted to the various real-life works that might have been the model for the violin sonata by the fictional composer Vinteuil in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu} It's an enchanting idea, and it's only surprising that more duos haven't taken advantage of it prior to this debut disc by the sisters Maria and Nathalia Milstein.

It doesn't quite do what it says on the tin. Franck's Sonata (a prime candidate) is missing, and Debussy's late Sonata--a work with more tenuous Proustian connections closes the disc. We do, however, get Gabriel Pierne's much less familiar Sonata, Op 36, and it's exquisite: very much in the tradition of Saint-Saens's First Sonata, the disc's centrepiece, and played by the pair with gleaming panache coupled to an affecting inwardness. …

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