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The rather substantial Sonata for Cello and Piano is classic Poulenc: Tart and playful at one moment, meltingly-lyrical the next.
The slow movt conjures images of two lovers enjoying a sultry, summer evening. Titled "Cavatine," it opens in magical stillness, (you'll hear a few echoes of the Concerto for Two Pianos), and then the tremulous love-making begins. The movt actually strikes me as being very "adult" for Poulenc: There's none of his usual ADD; no obligatory Poulencian giggles break the spell.
The Faure pieces include his very haunting "Elegy" and "Sicilienne," the latter adopted from the composer's Pelleas Suite.
Finally, little sips of Dessert Wine served up by Kavakos: a series of ultra-short sketches, some of which are quite pleasant.
The recording is wonderful. The piano and cello weighty and resonant; no clanginess, no wispiness, harshness or graininess.
The Soloists, Siranossian and Fouchenneret, prove once again that the future of "Classical" music is in very good hands.
Fantastic recommendation. Thank you!
I don't like any high-res one's I've heard. Too starchy.
I like the performances by Domus. Not hi-rez, but good sounding digital from 1993.
similar to that one. Perfect combination of "lightness" and indulgence.
I really enjoy the Quator Via Nova on Erato. Also the cello sonatas from the same series with Paul Tortelier and Jean Hubeau. The piano trio, in particular, is sublime. The slow movement was used to great effect throughout a beautiful film called "A Sunday in the Country" about an old Impressionist era painter who is visited by his children. Autumnal, and quite touching as I recall...
I've got the Trio Wanderer on Harmonia Mundi at the moment and like it very much.
It contains everything that Fauré wrote for the two instruments (including the two substantial sonatas), so there's no room for the Poulenc or Komitas (not Kavakos, right?) works. BTW, I like everything I've heard from Komitas - I once performed some of his beautiful songs decades ago. (There's a nice album of some of these songs by soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian - where the composer's name is transliterated Gomidas.)
Which site did you download the Claves album from?
Ooops! Yes, Komitas.
I downloaded (on sale!) from Pro Studio Masters. I wish they offered by the track, like eclassical. If you like the Poulenc, it's a wonderful performance and recording but overlapping is always a bummer.
Found it on both TIDAL and QOBUZ and am streaming the Poulenc as I type.
2nd movement is indeed sublime!
Wondering if you could tell the difference (16/44.1 vs. 24/48)?
As I have been led to beleive, the standard FLAC 'wrapper' is 24/48 anyway so there should be no additional overhead on this one, but I think they pay the labels more to stream the higher rez files?
I suspect the 24Bit is key. As well as engineers' techniques improving over time.
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