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Sonate pour violon et violoncello

Eric Tanguy (b. 1968)

Alban Gerhardt (photo credit: Sim Canetty Clarke)

Alban Gerhardt (photo credit: Sim Canetty Clarke)

Composer
Eric Tanguy (b. 1968)
Composition Year
2002
Work Movements
1. Animé
2. Dolce
3. Vif
Artists
Alban Gerhardt [cello], Gergana Gergova [violin]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Eric Tanguy is one of the leading composers in France with a catalogue of some 70 works, most of them quite short. His latest premiere is for a Stabat Mater for cello and choir. His Sonata for violin and cello was written for the Gautier brothers and premiered at the Chambéry Festival in 2003.

Duos for violin and cello are more widespread than one might think. The benchmark is by Ravel, followed by Kodaly, Schulhoff, Honegger and Martin?, but there are others by Eisler, Scelsi and Pfitzner. They are particularly suited to family duos like today as they are far from straightforward to perform.

Surprisingly the Duo is conceived in the traditional three movement mode and the Animé even has the classical format of exposition with two themes, a development and a recapitulation, treated, it must be said, in a far from traditional manner. The opening movement is electrifying, taking off with a series of mighty pizzicatos that signal a huge outburst of energy that never lets up. The slow movement is an impassioned duet between two lovers, circling obsessively around each other. The last movement has a relentless beat in a variety of irregular metres that furiously work their way to a sudden conclusion.

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Sonate pour violon et violoncello

Composer: Eric Tanguy (b. 1968)
Performance date: Sunday 29th June 2014
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Eric Tanguy (b. 1968)
Work Title Sonate pour violon et violoncello
Composition Year 2002
Work Movements 1. Animé
2. Dolce
3. Vif
Artist(s) Alban Gerhardt [cello], Gergana Gergova [violin]
Performance Date Sunday 29th June 2014
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Crespo Recital Series
Duration 00:13:26
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTE
Instrumentation Category Duo
Instrumentation vn, vc
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Eric Tanguy is one of the leading composers in France with a catalogue of some 70 works, most of them quite short. His latest premiere is for a Stabat Mater for cello and choir. His Sonata for violin and cello was written for the Gautier brothers and premiered at the Chambéry Festival in 2003.

Duos for violin and cello are more widespread than one might think. The benchmark is by Ravel, followed by Kodaly, Schulhoff, Honegger and Martin?, but there are others by Eisler, Scelsi and Pfitzner. They are particularly suited to family duos like today as they are far from straightforward to perform.

Surprisingly the Duo is conceived in the traditional three movement mode and the Animé even has the classical format of exposition with two themes, a development and a recapitulation, treated, it must be said, in a far from traditional manner. The opening movement is electrifying, taking off with a series of mighty pizzicatos that signal a huge outburst of energy that never lets up. The slow movement is an impassioned duet between two lovers, circling obsessively around each other. The last movement has a relentless beat in a variety of irregular metres that furiously work their way to a sudden conclusion.