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Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, November 2012

The program opens with his three-movement cello sonata…The initial allegro begins with a lovely flowing theme followed by a perky idea. The two are imaginatively elaborated, and the movement ends with memories of the first.

A relaxed larghetto with a couple of winsome melodies for the cello follows. Then the sonata ends in a sprightly gigue, which is all the more colorful by some adventurous harmonic and rhythmic perturbations..

…the Suite des airs populaires grecs…for violin and piano…demonstrates Emmanuel’s fascination with Greek modes. In four episodes, practically all of its melodies are borrowed from a collection of ditties collected on a Greek island near the Turkish coast. The interplay of Eastern modes and Western scales make this a most infectious piece…

The first selection is an animated fiddler’s tune, the second a lilting lyrical number, and the third a peevish melody to a song warning about the perils of love. The last selection ventures further east to Caucasia, and ends the suite flamboyantly with a Russian dance.

Violinist Alexis Galpérine, cellist Raphaël Perraud and pianist Laurent Wagschal, along with flautist Olivier Sauvage, clarinetist Philippe Moinet and bugler Fabrice Wigishoff from the Stanislas Ensemble…are all virtuosos in their own right. They give splendid accounts of the first four selections, while the ensemble’s string quartet delivers an immaculate, technically accomplished reading of the last.

…the recordings present a clear detailed soundstage in an accommodating acoustic with the instruments well placed and balanced. Vivid strings, fluid winds, and generally good piano tone… © 2012 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

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