STRAUSS: VI­O­LIN SONATA; FRANCK: VI­O­LIN SONATA; PRÉLUDE, FUGUE ET VARI­A­TION

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Au­gustin Du­may (vi­o­lin), Louis Lor­tie (pi­ano) Onyx ONYX 4096 The 64-year-old César Franck wrote his Vi­o­lin Sonata in A in 1886, and 22-year-old Richard Strauss his Vi­o­lin Sonata in E flat a year later. The pre­dom­i­nantly au­tum­nal Franck is ev­ery­where, pur­loined by flautists, cel­lists and oth­ers short of ro­man­tic reper­toire. The mostly ea­ger Strauss is on the mar­gins, long cher­ished for its im­pro­visatory cen­tral An­dante at the ex­pense of its showy outer move­ments. Even Du­may and Lor­tie’s ap­proach, high­light­ing hints of the ma­ture Strauss, can’t turn the ta­bles. The disc also runs to three ar­range­ments, in­clud­ing Franck’s Prélude, fugue et vari­a­tion, orig­i­nally for or­gan, but not ben­e­fit­ting as you might ex­pect from the dy­namic nu­anc­ing opened up by vi­o­lin and pi­ano. url.ie/dzi7

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