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A RECITAL

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Winifred Small (violin)
Maurice Cole (pianoforte) Schumann's Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 121, is the second of two sonatas composed at Dusseldorf in 1851. The public performance took place at Leipzig in 1854. In a letter to a friend Joachim wrote: To me it is one of the finest creations of modern times, in the wonderful unity of its feeling and the significance of its themes. It is full of a noble passion-almost harsh and bitter in its expression-and the last movement might almost remind one of a seascape, with its glorious waves of sound.' Jean Francaix belongs to the post-war generation of French composers. He was born at Le Mans in 1912, but later went to Paris where he studied at the Conservatoire under Nadia Boulanger. When he was twenty, one of his compositions was performed at the Vienna Contemporary Music Festival and in the same year his First Symphony was performed in Paris under Pierre Monteux. At Baden-Baden last year his Piano Concertino was given its first performance and soon afterwards was broadcast in a BBC studio concert. In a RADIO Times article on the composer Alan Frank summed up his music as follows: 'Françaix's music is not quite like any other music written today. It is entertaining, but not humorous in the sense that Poulenc's is .... It is music that is as delicate as the lightest white wine imaginable and the one should be listened to exactly as the other is drunk. You will probably find that it lacks substance, but you will certainly not find it stodgy.'

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Violin: Winifred Small
Pianoforte: Maurice Cole
Unknown: Jean Francaix

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