Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar

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Violinist Étienne Gara and pianist Sonia Achkar, hailed for their passionate and intelligent playing, join forces on this album of French compositions that pushed the boundaries of audiences’ listening experiences at the time of their origin. In his review of Poulenc’s violin sonata, Camille Saint-Saëns describes how its unsuspecting audience was seduced: “…a magic floats above everything, encompassing the whole work, causing the crowd of usual listeners to accept the unimagined audacity as something quite normal.” Today the four pieces selected for this program are universally recognized as enduring masterworks, staples of the classical music repertoire that have retained all of their original capacity to surprise and certainly their power to seduce. On this recording, Étienne Gara plays the magnificent 1714 Stradivarius “Leonora Jackson.” Its wonderful tone and colors make it one of the most sought after violins for performance. The Brain and Creativity Institute’s Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall at the University of Southern California, designed by internationally renowned acoustical engineer Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota, offered the perfect atmosphere and acoustics for recording sessions. The expertly produced surround mix envelopes the listener and amplifies the emotional impact of the performance. To avoid changing the original sound of the musicians, no compression or artificial reverb was added in postproduction.
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1. Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 119 / Allegro con fuoco 00:06:43 1.00 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Francis Poulenc
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
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2. Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 119 / Intermezzo. Très lent et calme 00:05:31 1.00 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Francis Poulenc
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
Publishers hfa
3. Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 119 / Presto tragico 00:05:41 1.00 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Francis Poulenc
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
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4. Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre, Op. 40 00:07:00 1.00 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Camille Saint-Saëns
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
5. Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 / Allegro molto 00:09:51 1.20 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
6. Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 / Andante 00:06:38 1.00 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
7. Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 / Allegro vivo 00:04:02 1.00 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
8. Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 / Allegro quasi presto 00:05:53 1.00 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
9. Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time (Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps) / “Praise to the Immortality of Jesus" ("Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus”) 00:08:49 1.20 USD
Main artist Étienne Gara & Sonia Achkar
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Performers Étienne Gara | Sonia Achkar
Producers Executive Producer Herbert Waltl | Producer Herbert Waltl | Surround Sound Producer Herbert Waltl
Publishers hfa