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Sonatas for Violin and Piano by César Franck and Richard Strauss

Release date: 01 Sep 2014, 5186470


Robert Kulek, Arabella Steinbacher


César Franck, Richard Strauss




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The Walkman Italy

It’s amazing how their performances can portray such intense and deep sensitivity. It’s a game of seduction the one that is animated by the lights and darks of the piano and the violin, like a joyful run of two lovers.

BBC Music Magazine

Steinbacher and Robert Kulek give elegant and tasteful accounts, Steinbacher's crystalline high register shining particularly in the first movement of the Franck... Kulek is a sure-footed partner and there is no lack of virtuosity from either player, while Pentatone's surround sound is typically gorgeous.

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César Franck Sonata for Piano and Violin in A (1886) 28:50   $
Allegretto ben moderato 6:32   $
Allegro 8:10   $
Recitativo - Fantasia - Moderato 7:42   $
Allegretto poco mosso 6:26   $
Richard Strauss Sonata for Violin and Piano in Eb, Op. 18 (1887) 29:10   $
Allegro, ma non troppo 11:25   $
Improvisation - Andante cantabile 8:18   $
Finale - Andante - Allegro 9:27   $

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Violinist Arabella Steinbacher and pianist Robert Kulek continue their great collaboration with a new PENTATONE release, the recording of César Franck’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, which joins Richard Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat, Op. 18.

While Franck’s violin sonata is epic in character, Strauss’ work is full of jovial energy, hope and anticipation. This fusion of elements brilliantly demonstrates the synergy between Steinbacher and Kulek, something we have witnessed during their recital performances over the past few years.

Needless to say, both artists possess superb technique. Steinbacher demonstrates her delicate yet fiery touch, most notably in the robust Franck score, while Kulek plays with resolute intonation, steadfast tempo, and broad dynamics. As exquisite as the performance is, one surely cannot overlook the role of PENTATONE’s recording partner Polyhymnia, whose first-rate recording and engineering techniques have allowed this release to stay true to the rich and wide sound that are PENTATONE’s trademarks.

This release would undeniably make a solid addition to your collection and mark Strauss’ 150th birthday anniversary this year.

Sonatas for Violin and Piano by César Franck and Richard Strauss

Category Orchestral

Period Romantic, Early 20th

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