Various Artists, French Violin Sonatas

Dawn Chan

By Dawn Chan

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Debussy and Ravel, like their French Impressionist painter contemporaries, were fascinated by everything from atmospheric elements like water and fog to the exotic colors and sounds of the non-European world, such as America's burgeoning jazz scene. Despite the slightest of technical bumps in the Debussy, violinist Kang offers a solid introduction to these French violin sonatas. He even gets the ideal rhythmic feel for the second movement of the Ravel sonata, a highlight track in which Ravel makes reference to blues singing and strummed guitar.