作曲家：Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, César Franck
录音地点：Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ
这是Joshua Bell与他的挚友、长期以来的合奏伙伴Jeremy Denk一同录制的法国作曲家所作的由小提琴及钢琴演奏的奏鸣曲。可说是近10年来Joshua Bell与Jeremy Denk亲密无间的合作促生了此张唱片。
When Bell and Denk performed Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor during their 2010 recital tour, the New York Times raved "Mr. Bell and Mr. Denk gave a passionate performance. There were plenty of fireworks in the whirlwind of the concluding movement."
Says Bell, "French Impressions is the culmination of my last decade of exploration and performance with pianist Jeremy Denk, and I hope that with this recording we can affect the listener with the same joy and spiritual enrichment that these masterpieces have provided us over the years."
Repertoire: Bell's first recording of Cesar Franck's Violin Sonata in A Major allows Bell to pay homage, through his mentor Josef Gingold, to the two great artists who created this undying masterpiece. It was written 125 years ago, at the height of the French Belle Epoque, for the wedding of Franck's friend, the virtuoso Eugene Ysaye (with whom Gingold studied). In his music, Franck captured everything about the time: life, love, passion. While the Franck piece has the biggest reputation, the Saint-Saëns remains one of the most exciting sonatas in the repertoire, richly sensual within a formal scheme that Beethoven would recognize. The feverish finale is guaranteed to bring the house down. Ravel's more fantastic sonata, by turns ethereal, earthy, abstract and sensual, offers a kaleidoscope of different thrills. Produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Steven Epstein.
01. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata #1 In D Minor, Op. 75 - 1. Allegro Agitato
02. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata #1 In D Minor, Op. 75 - 2. Adagio
03. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata #1 In D Minor, Op. 75 - 3. Allegretto Moderato
04. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata #1 In D Minor, Op. 75 - 4. Allegro Molto
05. Franck: Violin Sonata In A - 1. Allegretto Ben Moderato
06. Franck: Violin Sonata In A - 2. Allegro
07. Franck: Violin Sonata In A - 3. Recitativo; Fantasia: Ben Moderato; Molto Lento
08. Franck: Violin Sonata In A - 4. Allegretto Poco Mosso
09. Ravel: Violin Sonata - 1. Allegretto
10. Ravel: Violin Sonata - 2. Blues: Moderato
11. Ravel: Violin Sonata - 3. Perpetuum Mobile: Allegro