Debussy, Poulenc & Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonatas

Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano
Sonata No.1 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 75

Robert McDonald, piano

”Rarely has a recording of Midori’s seduced us this much … In this recital of French sonatas it is the abundance of brilliance, panache and imaginativeness that beguile us from the outset. Midori brings to the too rarely heard Poulenc sonata a unique amalgamation of anxiety, fervour and nostalgia, so much so that she makes the Saint-Saëns pulsate with all her exuberance and energy – the effervescence of the Finale, with her impressive virtuosity, recalls Heifetz’s legendary recording. … Throughout the recording Midori and her long term recital partner Robert McDonald are marvellously compatible. A dynamic collaboration, beautiful balance of voices, and naturally shared eloquence make their association an indubitable duo.” Diapason

This recording won the German Record Critics’ Quarterly Prize in the chamber music category (Fourth Quarter, 2002)