Fresh Performance of Franck’s Sonata for Piano and Violin Keeps the Magic Alive

Alexander Melnikov plays an Erard piano from approximately 1885, and Isabelle Faust adapts the timbre of her 1710 Stradivarius to the style of the period in which Franck wrote the sonata

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Cesar Franck wrote his Sonata for Piano and Violin as a wedding gift for the violinist Eugene Ysae, a Belgian who had taken up residence in France, like the composer himself. The work had its premiere on...