Room-Music: Charles Sewart (violin), Yuko Inoue (viola), Philip De Groote (cello) & Stephen Coombs (piano)
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It is a sad fact that the reputation and fame of many composers, built up over a lifetime, evaporates on their death bed. Si mes vers avaient des ailes, a short song written when the composer was just thirteen, is the work on which Hahn’s posthumous fame had, until relatively recently, relied, and is included here in the composer’s own transcription for cello and piano. Recording catalogues now reveal an ever-growing list of works—concertos, symphonic offerings, songs, piano pieces and chamber music—by this most urbane and charming composer.
The C major Violin Sonata of 1926 assuredly leads us into the world of Fauré fifty years earlier, its easy lyricism and textural transparency bearing a kinship with the elder French musician’s A major Sonata. This melodic suppleness is continued in Soliloque et Forlane, now with viola and piano demonstrating Hahn’s skill in turning out a jaunty tune. The Nocturne and the Romance, both for violin and piano, reveal further an ability to combine passionate intensity with a sense of refined melodic and harmonic delicacy. The Piano Quartet of 1946 adopts a more muscular and impassioned character. Melodic charm and restfulness in the Andante are interrupted by the central passage which sails into troubled and expressive waters and the finale rolls gracefully to its compelling conclusion.
This charming recording is the perfect showcase for Room-Music, a consortium of internationally acclaimed musicians who wish to perform and explore chamber music in a more flexible and innovative form.
Hahn: Sonata In C For Violin & Piano - 1. Sans Lenteur, Tendrement
Hahn: Sonata In C For Violin & Piano - 2. Véloce
Hahn: Sonata In C For Violin & Piano - 3. Modéré, Très À L'Aise, Au Gré De L'Interprète
Hahn: Soliloque & Forlane
Hahn: Nocturne In E Flat
Hahn: Romance In A
Hahn: Piano Quartet #3 In G - 1. Allegretto Moderato
Hahn: Piano Quartet #3 In G - 2. Allegro Assai
Hahn: Piano Quartet #3 In G - 3. Andante
Hahn: Piano Quartet #3 In G - 4. Allegro Assai
Hahn: Si Mes Vers Avaient Des Ailes
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“A highly rewarding and beautifully recorded recital”
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