- Eric Tanguy (b. 1968)
- Composition Year
- Work Movements
- 1. Animé
- Alban Gerhardt [cello], Gergana Gergova [violin]
|Composer||Eric Tanguy (b. 1968)|
|Work Title||Sonate pour violon et violoncello|
|Work Movements||1. Animé
|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|
|Recording Engineer||Richard McCullough, RTE|
|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.