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Music for violin and piano
by Ravel and Lekeu -
recommended by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... the whole recital has rare commitment and power.'

Ravel: Complete Music for Violin and Piano; Lekeu: Sonata. Alina Ibragimova and CÚdric Tiberghien. © 2011 Hyperion Records Ltd

Lekeu died one day after his twenty-fourth birthday, leaving behind a remarkable body of music. A last pupil of César Franck, than whom many worse mentors flourished in the succeeding century, Lekeu was assessed by Debussy as 'the only musician whom Beethoven really inspired'. His Belgian Prix de Rome cantata on the subject of Andromeda failed to win the prize, but attracted the attention of Ysaÿe, who commissioned this sonata, a serious and passionate work that remains one of his finest achievements.He was dismissed twice for failing to win any prizes, then broke records by five futile attempts at the Prix de Rome, though he had already written the masterful String Quartet...

Copyright © 9 October 2011 Robert Anderson,
Norfolk UK

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RAVEL AND LEKEU: MUSIC FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

MAURICE RAVEL

HYPERION

FRANCE

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