Works for Violin and Piano
Sonata No. 1, op. 50 (1881)
Janet Packer, violin
Centaur Records CD (CRC 2475)
"This recording, featuring the loveliest violin playing I've heard in some time, exists as the result of a fortuitous discovery in a Paris used-music store... The playing of... Janet Packer is wonderful... Packer has just the right amount of expressiveness and never overwhelms the often intricate piano accompaniment. A splendid release!"
The Romance is a moony ‘song without words,’ delectable in an undulating sense but warmed by salon sensibility; beautifully rounded and most touchingly played by both artists… Ms. Packer manages the high fade-out of Cavatine’s conclusion with wonderful sensitivity.”
"Janet Packer found her first piece of Widor violin music at an out-of-print music store on the Left Bank. I’m glad that the music made its way to such a fine violinist, and I’m glad she recorded it with such a fine pianist."
American Record Guide, Jan.-Feb., 2001
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