In this agreeable debut CD, French-Armenian cellist, Astrig Siranossian and young French pianist, Théo Fouchenneret have selected works that have special significance to them. In the Poulenc Sonata (1948), the duo captures the colourful and unpredictable mood swings, and the lightness of the dance reveals the cellist’s nimble technique. A selection of Fauré’s ever-popular character pieces (Elégie, Papillon, Sicilienne, Romance & Serenade) is played with authority and warmth.
Thirteen songs by Armenian priest and composer, Komitas, have been arranged for cello and piano. The unique quality of these songs, which amalgamates folk music with late 19th century Russian style, makes for very appealing listening. Throughout, the duo is well-balanced and the performers present a robust sound.
The recording is a consequence of Siranossian winning the 2015 Coup de Coeur Piguet Galland prize.
(Photo: © Anne-Laure Lechat)
Astrig Siranossian - cello; Théo Fouchenneret - piano
Article's source: AUSTA Stringendo (Australia), October 2016 - Catherine Milligan
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