One of the most grown-up review sites around


2019
51,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider

TROUBADISC

colourful imaginative harmony
Renate Eggebrecht violin


Leticia Gómez-Tagle
Chopin, Liszt, Scarlatti


Bax Piano Music


Guillaume LEKEU


Book 1 Book 2 Book3
Mota The Triptych: -Website



Acte Prealable returns
with New Releases


Superior performance


Shostakovich 6&7 Nelsons
Notable


Verdi Requiem Thielemann


Marianna Henriksson
An outstanding recital


Arnold Bax
Be converted


this terrific disc


John Buckley
one of my major discoveries


François-Xavier Roth
A game-changing Mahler 3

........................................

Bryden Thomson


Symphonies


Vaughan Williams Concertos


RVW Orchestral

 


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Albert ROUSSEL (1869-1937)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 28 (1924) [15:21]
Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958)
Sonate Libre en deux Parties Enchaînées, Op.68 (1918-19) [32:40]
André PRÉVOST (1934-2001)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1960-61) [15:08]
Hélène Collerette (violin)
Anne Le Bozec (piano)
rec. 2016, Radio France
RADIO FRANCE SIG11107 [64:11]

This new release from violinist Hélène Collerette and pianist Anne Le Bozec presents a fascinating Franco-Canadian programme. The three sonatas span a period of forty-three years. Whilst Roussel and Schmitt are on the radar, perhaps not many will be familiar with the Canadian André Prévost, but his time spent in Paris as a young man certainly brought him under the influence of French chamber music.

Roussel’s Second Sonata for Violin and Piano dates from 1924. He’d come on leaps and bounds since his first venture into the genre in 1907-8. That early sonata was let down by its prolixity, being overlong and rambling. Now, substance, concision and experience come together in a wonderfully exciting score, skilfully honed to perfection. In three movements, the opener is vigorous, animated and full of drama, yet not without its moments of attractive lyricism. The central Andante’s introspective and desolate character offers striking contrast to the outer movements. The violin presents a lonely figure against a stark piano accompaniment. The finale calls time in witty, mercurial and whimsical fashion.

With a mouthful of a title, Sonate libre en deux parties enchaînées, ad modem Clementis aquæ, Florent Schmitt’s opus predates the Roussel by five years, being completed in 1919. Unusually, I’'s cast in two movements, each quite substantial in length. I have to say that, for me, it’s the gem of the disc. An epic canvas, it’s both rhapsodic and melodic, and encompasses a broad emotional spectrum. The intensely lyrical first movement is effectively balanced by a more extrovert, occasionally turbulent and emotionally undulating second. It’s a work that demands a great deal of fantasy and imagination for a successful outcome. Collerette and Le Bozec do it full justice and don’t disappoint, in their fervent, free-flowing interpretation.

The Canadian composer André Prévost studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal where he was a pupil of Isabelle Delorme, Jean Papineau-Couture, and Clermont Pépin. He later went to study with Olivier Messiaen and Henri Dutilleux in Paris. He spent a great deal of his life teaching at the Tanglewood Music Centre with Aaron Copland, Zoltán Kodály, Gunther Schuller and Elliott Carter. From the mid-1970s until his retirement in 1996, he was a professor of music at the Université de Montréal. His Sonata for Violin and Piano was written in 1960-61. Spiky, atonal, dissonant and vigorous, is how I would describe the outer movements. The slow movement, marked Très lente, begins with a lengthy soliloquy for the solo violin. It’s a bleak and barren landscape, enveloped by a wintry chill. The piano eventually enters in declamatory style for a fleeting moment, before leaving the violin to continue its pining lament. With one final sweeping arpeggiated chord the piano exclaims the final word.

There’s much to commend this chamber music release. It is well-recorded by Radio France with a successful balance struck between both instrumentalists. Collerette and Le Bozec give convincing performances of these remarkable works. The CD should appeal to those, like myself, with a keen interest in French chamber music.

Stephen Greenbank



We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount



Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger