Sometimes a program comes to you instinctively, as a necessity, something you have to do. Here I felt an urge, a need to gather together pieces for which Bach in a sense laid the first stone.
I always had the impression of knowing The Art of Fugue. I perceived its immensity. I liked its mystery. Mystery of the unfinished work, a questioning facing the testamentary work, fascination exerted by the perfection of the contrapuntal writing. The Art of Fugue teaches us time, the need for time and the acceptation of time.
Each recording has a story, some have a story to tell, this one meets History. In the soldier’s trunk can be seen as a collection of musical scores, but it does much more. It brings us to live the reality of the Great War. Through the memory of the musician and soldier Lucien Durosoir, we understand how through music, the human spirit is stronger than savagery.
This album is the first volume of an integral of Beethoven’s ten sonatas for piano and violin, a masterpiece of the repertoire. This album presents a selection of three of the sonatas. They were recorded in a concert-like environment at the Jeu de Paume Theater in Aix-en-Provence to better convey their vibrating and communicative energy.