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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding recording of two neglected masterworks, 1 Nov 2012
This review is from: Respighi/ Strauss: Violin Sonatas (Tasmin Little; Piers Lane) (Chandos: CHAN 10749) (Audio CD)
This brand new recording of the Strauss and Respighi sonatas by the longstanding partnership of Tasmin Little and Piers Lane must surely stand as one of the major achievements in chamber music recording of this year. If it is not nominated for a Gramophone award, there is no justice in the world. Recorded at Potton Hall in Suffolk, Chandos have beautifully captured the sound of these two artists, who are clearly at the height of their considerable artistic powers. Small wonder they have both been included in Honours Lists this year!The togetherness of their playing and the insight they bring to both works is extraordinary. As a self-confessed Strauss nut, it is to my mind the best recording of his sonata yet made. The scale of what was to come in his orchestral work is clearly foreshadowed and the ebb and flow of his melodic line weaves between the two instruments perfectly. Just listen to the slow middle movement and feel your heart melt! I was less familiar with the Respighi and shall need to listen to it several more times before forming a clear view of it but it is difficult to imagine more persuasive advocates for it than Little and Lane. The recent Hyperion recording, I am afraid, seems rather two dimensional and insipid in comparison. The 3 little bon bons completing the disc are a delight. Pure 'Classic FM' of course, but none the worse for that. And when one finishes listening to the whole disc, just consider the emotional journey it has taken you on!!! And full marks to the Chandos design team for a very striking, eye catching and lovely CD cover!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 July 2014
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