Duo Gazzana: Music of Ravel, Franck, Ligeti & Messiaen

June 7, 2018, 9:00 am

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A sense of discovery is a key theme in the third ECM recital of sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana.  Alongside a landscape of French music for violin and piano, drawing on a multiplicity of inspirations, the album includes a premiere recording of György Ligeti’s Duo, dedicated to Kúrtag. Duo Gazzana plays César Franck’s epic A major Sonata of 1886, and Maurice Ravel’s Sonate posthume, written in 1897, when its author was just 22, and the album concludes with Olivier Messiaen’s Theme and Variations of 1932, a work which in some aspects prefigures the Quartet for the End of Time.