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Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra in C major, Op. 56 (1803-04) [32:07]
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102 (1887) [33:39]
Devy Erlih (violin); Guy Fallot (cello); Monique Fallot (piano)
Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ernest Bour
rec. May 1956 (Beethoven) and 1957 (Brahms)

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The big LP labels in the 1950s had their elite soloists on whom to draw for these works; Oistrakh, Fournier, Knushevitzky and Oborin are four of the biggest names, still resonant, still frequently reissued, who essayed either or both of these works for EMI. But what if you were a director at Ducretet-Thomson in Paris? You could hardly call on Oistrakh, or Stern, or Rostropovich. Thus they called on the home roster of young and aspiring and as yet little known musicians. Indeed they are still little known. Violinist Devy Erlih, cellist Guy Fallot and his sister, pianist Monique Fallot are the unsung heroes of this disc, joined by the rather better known Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Ernest Bour. At almost the same time that EMI was recording Oistrakh and his colleagues, Erlih and his colleagues were recording the same works for the local French label.
I’ve written quite a lot about Erlih, whose recent death has not, as yet, made much of a mark. Fortunately, Forgotten Records had been releasing some of his none-too-extensive legacy well before that event, and one can draw on their intelligently chosen programme of reissues. Guy Fallot is less well known than Erlih. He was born in Nancy in 1927, studied in Lausanne, later taking the distinguished first prize in Paul Bazelaire’s class in Paris in 1946. He taught in Lausanne and Geneva. His chamber partner in the 1950s was his sister, though in later years he paired up with Rita Possa. He made a disc of Jindřich Feld’s Concerto and as late as 2008 was recording the Brahms sonatas. As far as I know he is still alive.
The Brahms Double sees the two string soloists forwardly balanced. Both are direct players, Fallot the gruffer toned. The music is cannily negotiated by Bour, and whilst the results are neither as visceral nor as intense as others (Stern/Rose, Heifetz/Feuermann) it’s well gauged expressively. The quicksilver passagework of the finale is brought out by Erlih, in particular, and so too moments that sound positively Dvořákian from the orchestral perspective; the work must have left a real impression on the Bohemian composer.
The Beethoven Triple Concerto, with the addition of Monique Fallot, is another cogent, though perhaps rather less consistently good recording. Again Bour provides a fine framework and the orchestra supports well. The trio performs with commendable and collegiate spirit, and there’s a chamber give and take about things that contrasts with more big-boned performances on disc. Once again the soloists are quite upfront.
I’m not aware that these two performances have been commercially available since they were deleted on LP.
Jonathan Woolf
Masterwork Index: Beethoven triple concerto ~~ Brahms double concerto




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