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Album strings/ piano

Sound recording new edition

for the 130th anniversary of the birth of Paul Paray


This album gathers all the compositions for strings (violin, cello) and piano; some of them are prior to the Grand Prix de Rome and to the Paray's stay in the Villa Medici, from November, 1911 till July, 1914.

Recorded in Europe by three renowned interpreters, it takes place in the CD collection of the International Festival Albert-Roussel directed by Damien Top.

Sonata for violin and piano (1914)
Sonata for cello and piano (1920)
Serenade for violin and piano (1908)
Humoresque for violin and piano (1910)
Nocturne for cello and piano (1904)
Romance for violin, cello and piano

The CD is accompanied with a bilingual brochure (English/French) containing historic and musicological information.
Edited under label
Azur Classical, it will be distribued worldwide.

Thanks to all the contributors!

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Claude Monet, Nympheas (fragment) 1914-1915.

Listen at-free: Serenade violin/piano

Review: by Stephen Greenbank for Musicweb International

Review: by Jacques Bonnaure for Classica, Sept. 2017

Review: by James A. Altenas for Fanfare Magazine, Dec. 2017

Review: by Jean-Pierre Robert for ON-topaudio, Feb. 2018

Review: by François Laurent for Diapason, March 2018

The interpreters

Eliot Lawson, violin

Eliot Lawson started playing the violin in 1985, and soon was chosen by Yehudi Menuhin (a friend of Paul Paray) to pursue his studies in London. However he continued them in Belgium, with Leon Souroujon, subsequently completing them with H. Krebbers, I. Oistrakh, I. Grubert, J.J. Kantorow, P. Vernikov and N. Shkolnikova. He has master's degrees awarded by the conservatories of Brussels and Rotterdam, as well as an "Artist Diploma" of Indiana University, and a soloist's diploma from the Fiesole Music School in Italy. He has given many concerts in Europe and the USA, as a soloist or with important orchestras.
As a chamber musician, Eliot Lawson is a member of the ensembles
Hermes, One-Off, Enigma, and Joseph Jongen. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses, and has taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory since 2006. He has recorded several CDs for labels such as Cypres, Fuga Libera and Azur Classical.

Sam Magill, cello

Samuel Magill was educated at the Peabody Institute. He is a former member of the Houston Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, and was formerly the Associate Principal Cello for 7 seasons. For 9 summers he served as Principal Cello and Soloist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As such he toured throughout Japan performing the Concerti of Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Dohnanyi... The last two concerti were recorded under Panasonic label.
Great lover of French music, Sam Magill recorded several works of Emile Goué and René de Castéra, published in 2014 on CDs Azur Classical.

Diane Andersen, piano

The “Grande Dame of the Piano from Belgium” (Lübecker Zeitung) has performed under the baton of the greatest conductors, including Boulez, Sawallisch, Fournet, Prêtre... Her numerous awards - the “Fuga” Trophy (Belgium), “Harriet Cohen International Bach-Medal” (London), “Grand Prix du Disque Académie Charles Cros” (Paris), “Cannes International Classical Music Award” - bear witness to her passion for new repertoire. Her many recordings (Pierné, Jongen, Cherubini, Tansman, d’Indy, Milhaud, Bartok, Czerny, Goolkasian) have been praised by the international musical press. After a brilliant carrer as a professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, she gives masterclasses around the world, from Iceland to Argentina, and from Japan and China to Canada and the USA. She is President of “Epta-Belgium Wallonie-Bruxelles” and artistic director of the International Piano Week.

Let's not forget the COMPLETE PARAY WORKS that were recorded in the States under the direction of Eduard Perrone, the president of honor of our Cercle, and published under label
Grotto Productions (Detroit, Michigan).

Discover the fine Grotto collection by clicking on the picture


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