FLORENTINE MULSANT (b.1962): Piano Trio, Op. 23, Violin Sonata, Op. 21, Sonate de Concert for Solo Violin, Op. 19, Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 27.
Catalogue Number: 06I115
Reference: AR 2007-0
Description: These works for strings are noticeably indebted to Bartók, especially the solo violin sonata and some angular, incisive passages in the accompanied sonata; elsewhere the composer's rich expressionism may recall Berg, and the saturated harmony, Messiaen. There is also a freely improvisatory feel running through the (thoroughly notated) works; extended, harmonically ambiguous introductions before the more tonally grounded and livelier sections get under way. The composer's use of variation forms and ostinato provides additional structure to her freely expressive idiom. Lyonel Schmit (violin), Fabrice Bourlet (piano), Véronique Bourlet (cello), Henri Demarquette (cello solo sonata).