Respighi/Ravel

COMPOSERS: Respighi/Ravel
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Violin Sonata in B minor; Violin Sonata; Sonate posthume
PERFORMER: Lydia Mordkovitch (violin)Clifford Benson (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9351 DDD
Respighi and Ravel were masters of orchestration and this disc demonstrates the ability of each composer to manipulate instrumental colour within the relatively limited confines of the violin sonata. Respighi’s is expansive and impassioned, while Ravel1927 Sonata is notable for its economy and apparent simplicity. Paradoxically, the latter’s range of expression is far greater than that created by the rather overblown gestures of Ravel’s much earlier (posthumously published) Sonata. Splendid performances from Mordkovitch and Benson. Christopher Dingle

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