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Artist : Kyung Wha Chung (violin),  Radu Lupu(piano)

Title :  Frank, Debussy - Sonatas for violin and piano


RELEASE DATE : 10.. Dec. 2020

FORMAT : Vinyl

CAT NO : LP43164


BARCODE : 8808678161649


• From the original analogue masters of Universal Music 

• Audiophile analogue mastering by John Webber at Air Studios in London  

• 180g audiophile virgin vinyl pressed by Pallas Group GmbH in Germany

• SXL 6944



Producer: Christopher Raeburn 

Engineer: Colin Moorfoot & John Pellowe 

Recorded at Kingsway Hall, 9-12 May 1977


I enjoyed this record enormously. Why I liked this new issue so much is primarily because Kyung-Wha Chung and Radu Lupu do not sound like two internationally famous soloists flung together in a recording studio just for an afternoon. They not only play into each other’s hands like a true, long-attuned duo, but also appreciate the very special intimacy of style (without any suggestion of muted ardour) inherent in chamber music. In Franck’s Sonata the music itself seems to generate the ideal tempo for them and in this movement I also preferred their more restrained rubato in the first quasi lento episode so that its resurgence a few bars later (Tempo 1, Allegro) can emerge the more emphatic. The natural ‘speaking’ eloquence of the newcomers seems to me more truly Franckian. I also think the greater clarity of their recording is all to the music’s good. Neither instrument sounds too close to the microphone. (Regarding the Debussy), I would suggest the new issue of this sonata as the easiest to live with, catching all the music’s moon-struck fantasy and wheedling melodic charm without self-conscious pursuit of either. Gramophone

Frank, Debussy - Sonatas for violin and piano

  • Track List

    Side 1

    César Franck

    Sonata For Violin & Piano In A Major

    A1 Allegretto Ben Moderato

    A2 Allegro

    A3 Recitativo-Fantasia

    A4 Allegretto Poco Mosso


    Side B

    Claude Debussy

    Sonata For Violin & Piano

    B1 Allegro Vivo

    B2 Intermède, Fantasque Et Léger

    B3 Finale, Trés Animé

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