In July 2007, medici.tv was inaugurating its partnership with the Verbier Festival. A series of extraordinary recordings would follow, featuring the best artists of our times. Renaud Capuçon and Elena Bashkirova give here an outstanding rendition of a selection of sonatas from the violin and piano repertoire.
Ravel opens this programme with the sonata which was published posthumously. Then, the very refined 5th Sonata by Beethoven, composed in 1801 and called "The Spring." Last but not least, the only Sonata for violin and piano Janáček completed (his first two ones stayed unfinished). It was written in 1922, by the time Ravel was probably writing his own masterpiece. The four movements of this sonata are made up of popular songs and mysterious atmospheres, which reminds us of Katja Kabanova's best themes.
Verbier Festival 2007
Lev Oborin (piano) - Frida Bauer (piano)