On December 15, 2017, violinist Eliot Lawson et pianist Kiyotaka Izumi released their album Sonatas for violin and piano after Kennis by E. Durlet on ZeD Classics. The record is a world premiere recording, these sonatas have never been recorded before.
Recorded at the fantastic blue hall of deSingel in Antwerp with producer Romain Zémiri in March 2017, the Sonatas for violin and piano after Kennis by E. Durlet is the first ZeD Classics release of the Luso-American violinist and the Japanese pianist.
Durlet (1893-1977) is the author of a new version of the many works of GG Kennis: 9 sonatas for violin and piano, two sonatas for cello and piano, transcribed the Sonata No. IV for violin and piano for 2 pianos, and sonata No. IX for violin and piano for clarinet and piano. He did not literally transcribe Kennis’ sonatas for violin and piano. He used, probably to avoid too difficult runs for violin in the exposition of several sonatas from the opp. 1 and 3 by Kennis. From this this material Durlet wrote a new piece in the style of Kennis, with a simple piano accompaniment. A few sonatas even received a short piano-intro missing in the works of Kennis or were transposed, like the sonata nr. 2 initially in B-flat major, transposed to A major.
ZeD is very happy to release this very unconventional album which will surely catch the music lover’s attention with its fantastic sound and perfect playing of MM. Lawson and Izumi. The album is available on iTunes, in HD on HRA, on all other major platforms and in shops.