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Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp / Franck: Sonata for Violin & Piano / Ravel: Introduction & Allegro

Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Kyung Wha Chung Audio CD
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  • Performer: Melos Ensemble
  • Composer: Cesar Franck, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (6 Sep 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041TM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1. Allegretto ben moderato - Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu
2. 2. Allegro- Quasi lento- Tempo 1 (Allegro) - Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu
3. 3. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato - Largamente - Molto vivace) - Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu
4. 4. Allegretto poco mosso - Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu
5. 1. Allegro vivo - Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu
6. 2. Intermède (Fantasque et léger) - Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu
7. 3. Finale (Très animé) - Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu
8. Introduction and Allegro - Osian Ellis, Melos Ensemble
9. 1. Pastorale - Osian Ellis, Melos Ensemble
10. 2. Interlude - Osian Ellis, Melos Ensemble
11. 3. Finale - Osian Ellis, Melos Ensemble

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Kyung-Wha Chung and Radu Lupu collaborate on the most musical account of the Franck sonata in the catalogue, one that restores to the work its Gallic elegance, a quality that rarely survives the passion of most performances. Their reading is intimately expressive, almost fragile, and in Chung's playing the dreaminess of the score is beautifully evoked. With his brilliant technique and sparing use of the pedal, Lupu manages an extraordinary revelation of detail in the piano part, transforming what usually sounds like a furnace going full blast--lots of heat and noise, but not something you'd want to get too close to--into a source of poetry. The recording, made in 1977, is warm and approachable, like the performance. At mid-price, and generously filled out (with Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, and Debussy's Sonatas for Violin and Piano and for Flute, Viola, and Harp) this is as basic as a disc can get. --Ted Libbey

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Franck, Debussy, Ravel - CD DECCA Tracks}} Sonata for violin & piano - Cesar Franck Sonata for violin & piano - Sonata for flute, viola and harp - Claude Debussy Introduction & Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet & string quartet - Maurice Ravel Kyung Wha Chung-violin Radu Lupu-piano Osian Ellis-harp The Melos Ensemble

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the choice albums for all collections 23 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought this fabulous CD to replace my vinyl version of the Ravel Introduction & Allegro (for harp, flute, clarinet, & string quartet). I was absolutely astonished at the phenomenal performance of the Franck and Debussy Sonatas by Kyung Wha Chung and Radu Lupu.
The Ravel is a seriously underrated miniature masterpiece. It is in fact a very sensual impressionist work, very cleverly written. The overwhelming impression is almost climactic in its passion and yet so perfectly beautiful... I don't understand why it isn't more widely known. This performance with Ossian Ellis and the Melos Ensemble is indeed exceptional, perhaps it doesn't sound so fair otherwise?
César Franck's sonata was dedicated to the Belgian vioinist virtuoso Ysaÿe, who bequeathed us a handful of wonderful old recordings from the early 1900s. The sonata is innovative in its recurring themes across the movements, and has an intimate quality never really captured by the recordings I have heard from Russian violinists. Kyung Wha Chung and Radu Lupu are sublimely gifted and underrated musicians, who capture the essence with astonishing beauty and some passion, playing in perfect partnership. Both are oustanding virtuosi who deny that epithet, preferring to be more modestly remembered for the musicianly qualities of their music making. Well, that's OK with me, but I just wish their refreshingly uncynical talents were more widely appreciated. They play the Debussy Sonata excellently. The Sonata for flute, viola, and harp is lovely.
This CD should be in all music collections, each piece is 5 gold stars and the disc is a bargain at three times the price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20th Century French Chamber music 10 Jan 2010
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A collection of French chamber music from the early part of the 20th century. All are masterpieces that figure regularly in the concert repertoire. The performers all have international reputations and deliver performances of vigour and freshness. The recording quality is fine. The disc would be worth buying for the Cesar Franck sonata alone - to have the other works included is a huge bonus and they all fit very comfortably together. Wonderful value.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem. 5 Feb 2011
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These are truly great recordings of some very fine pieces - don't be put off by the elderly date as Decca clearly made a fine job of the original recording and the remastering is faultless. It well deserves its Penguin Rosette and I would recommend it to anyone keen on Franck, Debussy or Ravel. The whole experience is of a very fine and intimate recital. Buy this and treasure it.
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