Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profane; Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp; Cello Sonata; Violin Sonata

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COMPOSERS: Debussy
LABELS: Erato
WORKS: Danse sacrée et danse profane; Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp; Cello Sonata; Violin Sonata
PERFORMER: Lily Laskine (harp), Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Paul Tortelier (cello), Jean Hubeau (piano), Pierre Pasquier (viola), Charles Cyroulnik (violin); Jean-François Paillard CO/Jean-Pierre Rampal
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-97410-2 ADD (1962)
Several classic readings here, led by the characteristic intensity and brightness of Paul Tortelier’s tone in the Cello Sonata. The finale’s dash and dolour are supported by an energetic, finely controlled pianist. The full-toned, rhapsodic and vivacious trio sonata is its match, though the eloquent viola player (who sniffs) is placed far to one side, and in close-up. Fine, spacious lines extend into the orchestral Danses, more definitely contrasted than they often are, with Lily Laskine a nimble, fluid soloist. In this company the violinist is lower-profiled, yet his direct, sensitive playing is a relief after some over-flamboyant Violin Sonata recordings of late. With these reservations, and if you don’t mind only fifty minutes, a fine collection from thirty years ago. Robert Maycock

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