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Georgy L'vovich Catoire: Complete Works for Violin & Piano - Laurence Kayaleh, Violin - Stéphane Lemelin, Piano Georgy L'vovich Catoire: Complete Works for Violin & Piano - Laurence Kayaleh, Violin - Stéphane Lemelin, Piano

Laurence Kayaleh

When I first discovered Georgy Catoire’s violin and piano sonatas in one of the very rare recordings available with D. Oistrakh and A. Goldenweiser, it immediately caught my attention. Catoire’s music is still very rarely performed or recorded. I decided to record his complete works for violin and piano as a continuity of Medtner’s complete works for violin and piano I recorded for Naxos a few years ago (8.570298-99). Catoire’s first sonata Op. 15 was dedicated to N. Medtner. In the second sonata Op. 20 “Poème”, Catoire’s musical writing demonstrates great inspiration and maturity. The work is written in one movement. The musical structure is very strong and solid, with striking melodies, harmonies and a unique rhythmical conception. I’m very grateful to be able to present these gorgeous works to a larger audience with Canadian pianist, Stéphane Lemelin, through this recording which means a lot to me !

© Laurence Kayaleh 2016

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  • Georgy Lvovich Catoire - Laurence Kayaleh
    1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)icon-downloadicon-download
    Georgy Lvovich Catoire - Laurence Kayaleh
    1. Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op.15 (1906) – Allegro non tanto, ma appassionato // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
    2. Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op.15 (1906) – Barcarolle : Andante // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
    3. Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op.15 (1906) – Allegro con spirito // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
    4. Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 20 “Poème” (1906) // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
    5. Elegy in D minor, Op. 26 (pub. 1916) // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
  • 2 - Arthur Honeggericon-downloadicon-download
    1. Sonata for solo violin in D minor, H. 143 (1940) : (I) Allegro // 2 - Arthur Honegger
    2. Sonata for solo violin in D minor, H. 143 (1940) : (III) Allegretto grazioso // 2 - Arthur Honegger
    3. Sonata for solo violin in D minor, H. 143 (1940) : (IV) Presto // 2 - Arthur Honegger
    4. Sonata for violin and piano No.1, H. 17 (1916-18) : (I) Andante sostenuto // 2 - Arthur Honegger
    5. Sonata for violin and piano No.1, H. 17 (1916-18) : (III) Adagio – Quasi allegro –
      Allegro assai – Adagio // 2 - Arthur Honegger
    6. Sonata for violin and piano in D minor, H. 3 (1912) : (I) Largo – Agitato – Largo assai // 2 - Arthur Honegger
  • Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 2
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    Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 2
    1. Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 in B minor, Op. 21 : (II) Danza: Allegro scherzando // 3 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 2
    2. Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in G major, Op. 44 : (I) Allegro appassionato // 3 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 2
    3. Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in G major, Op. 44 : (II) Tema con variazioni (variation 6) :
      Allegro risoluto // 3 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 2
    4. Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in G major, Op. 44 : (III) Finale (Rondo) : Allegro risoluto // 3 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 2
    5. Canzona No. 2 in B minor, Op. 43 – Andantino cantabile // 3 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 2
  • Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 1 - Laurence Kayaleh
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    Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 1 - Laurence Kayaleh
    1. Fairy Tale No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 20 (arr. Jascha Heifetz) // 4 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 1
    2. Sonata for violin and piano No. 3 in E minor, Op. 57, “Epica” : (II) Scherzo :
      Allegro molto vivace e leggiero // 4 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 1
    3. Sonata for violin and piano No. 3 in E minor, Op. 57, “Epica” : (III) Andante con moto // 4 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 1
    4. Sonata for violin and piano No. 3 in E minor, Op. 57, “Epica” : (IV) Finale :
      Allegro molto – Allegro eroico // 4 - Nikolaï Medtner - Vol. 1
  • The Royal Bow - Laurence Kayaleh
    5 - The Royal Bow
    The Royal Bow - Laurence Kayaleh
    1. G. Pugnani-Kreisler – Praeludium und Allegro // 5 - The Royal Bow
    2. Niccolò Paganini – Moses Fantasy (variations for the G-string on Rossini’s Moses) // 5 - The Royal Bow
    3. Franz Waxman – Carmen Fantasy // 5 - The Royal Bow
    4. Maurice Ravel – Tzigane // 5 - The Royal Bow
    5. Christian Sinding – Suite in A minor, Op, 10 : (I) Presto // 5 - The Royal Bow
    6. Christian Sinding – Suite in A minor, Op, 10 : (II) Adagio // 5 - The Royal Bow
    7. Christian Sinding – Suite in A minor, Op, 10 : (III) Tempo giusto // 5 - The Royal Bow
    8. Johann Sebastian Bach – Chaconne for solo violin // 5 - The Royal Bow
    9. Dvorak-Kreisler – Slavonic Dance No. 1 in G minor – Allegretto Melanconico // 5 - The Royal Bow

News

Laurence Kayaleh's Season 2018-2019
31 January 2018

Laurence Kayaleh – 2018-2019 Season

Dear Friends !

Here is a brief outlook on my upcoming musical season ! Events will include concerts at the JT Hall in Tokyo, Japan, with pianist, Yusuke Kikuchi ; new album releases on NAXOS Records, working with sound engineers and producers, Martha de Francisco & Drew Henderson ; a special violin & guitar concert tour with Canadian classical guitarist, Michael Kolk, including works by Paganini, Rebay, de Falla, Roux & Piazzolla ; performances of Tchaikovsky’s monumental Piano Trio, Op. 50 with cellist, Elizabeth Dolin & pianist, Bernadene Blaha ; performances in British Columbia, Canada, including a concert for The Coast Recital Society with pianist, Michelle Mares ; performances in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for the Pro Musica Series with pianist, Claire Ouellet ; Czech music concerts in Montreal with cellist, Elizabeth Dolin & pianist, Claire Ouellet ; a Russian music concert with pianist, Jean-Fabien Schneider, for Les Saisons Russes de Montréal, including works by Strauss, Grieg, Brahms, Suk, Smetana, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Szymanowski, Schumann, Prokofiev & Khatchaturian. I will also be making my viola debut 😉, and will be conducting a public Masterclass in Japan, in September 2018.

I’m very much looking forward to all these events and collaborations with my wonderful colleagues !

Stay tuned for more exciting news to come ! For detailed information, please click the button below :

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Practice Tips by Laurence Kayaleh - January 2018
23 January 2018

My first video of 2018 will be available on my YouTube channel on February 1st

A conversation with my father, violinist and professor Habib Kayaleh, at the Kayaleh Violin Academy, Switzerland. We will discuss teaching concepts related with the violin technique, our special teacher-disciple relationship and much more. Stay tuned !

Official News of Laurence Kayaleh, Violinist
06 January 2018

Interview – Sarasate Magazine (Tohru Isurugi Sase), Japan (October 2017/Vol. 78)

English translation will follow

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Official News of Laurence Kayaleh, Violinist
20 December 2017

RECORDING SESSION – DECEMBER 2017

Recording Session (Pollack Hall, McGill University – Montreal, Canada) – Working with amazing sound producer & engineer, Martha de Francisco ! (Laurence Kayaleh, violin / Jean-Fabien Schneider, piano).

© Violinist Laurence Kayaleh – 2017

Holiday Season's Greatings 2017 - Laurence Kayaleh Violinist
18 December 2017

Happy Holiday Season !

Dear Friends and Colleagues !

I’m playing for you Edward Elgar’s Salut d’Amour (Love’s Greeting) in this video with pianist, Jean-Fabien Schneider !

Thank you so much to all of you for your continued support and for attending my performances this year ! I’m deeply grateful for being surrounded by such wonderful friends and colleagues…

Wishing you a most magical Holiday Season and may the New Year bring you happiness, peace and prosperity !

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Série Vivace - Tout Brahms - Laurence Kayaleh, Violinist
13 November 2017

A Tribute to Johannes Brahms

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:30pm :
    Music Conservatory of Montreal (Concert Hall) « Série Vivace » – Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3pm :
    Cultural Centre (Stewart Hall) – Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm :
    Caledon Chamber Concerts (Great hall) – Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 2pm :
    Private Event (by invitation only) – Toronto, ON, Canada.
Testimonial - Alicia de Larrocha - Laurence Kayaleh, Violinist
15 October 2017

Testimonial – Alicia de Larrocha

By going through archives, I came across this beautiful document I am sharing here for the first time (see English translation below).

Meeting and playing for legendary pianist, Alicia de Larrocha (1923-2009), remains one of the most moving and inspiring experiences of my musical life.

« Still under an indescribable impression, I want to make clear that Laurence Kayaleh (whom I had the immense pleasure of hearing yesterday) is an incredibly sensitive artist, with an extraordinary musicality, a fabulous, stunning technique and who possesses a sound with her Guarnerius that I do not recall ever having heard! Such a volcanic temperament always controlled by her good taste and great musicality. Laurence Kayaleh is a violinist whom everyone should know! Her future is an immediate sensation.
Alicia de Larrocha »

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Japan Concert Review by Kyousuke Hasegawa - Laurence Kayaleh
16 August 2017

Concert Review by Kyousuke Hasegawa – May 5th, 2017

Ongakunotomo Magazine (Ongaku No Tomo Sha) / August 2017

Laurence Kayaleh, Violin
Yusuke Kikuchi, Piano

Ichigaya Lutheran Hall – Tokyo, Japan

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Official News of Laurence Kayaleh, Violinist
06 May 2017

Recital in Tokyo, Japan, Violinist Laurence Kayaleh with Pianist Yusuke Kikuchi

Dear Friends of Music,

Here are some pictures of last night’s concert in Tokyo, Japan, with wonderful pianist, Yusuke Kikuchi. Beautiful concert hall, magnificent acoustics and extraordinary audience !! A big « thank you » to the organizers for their particularly moving and inspiring welcome… ».

© Violinist Laurence Kayaleh – 2017
Photo credit : Kumiko Kasugai

Official News of Laurence Kayaleh, Violinist
29 March 2017

Some ideas on music & musical program – May 2017 – Tokyo, Japan By Violinist Laurence Kayaleh

Dear Friends of Music,

Laurence Kayaleh

Since the early stages of my artistic life, I was eager to learn new repertoire. Of course, there is always endless beauty to discover in music, even in the regularly performed repertoire. The musical literature is incredibly rich, inspired, and inspiring. Every time I work on a Brahms or Beethoven sonata, or any work of the standard repertoire, I approach it as if it were the first time I read it, even if I have already performed it many times in concert. Music grows, as we grow as human beings. The general conception of interpretation, and the understanding of composers’ indications become much deeper with time and experience. A genuine artist never knows a work completely, even after years of dedication. The artistic evolution is constant; it never ends. This is also the beauty of the Arts.
The repertoire written for the violin is vast (although not as vast as the piano’s!).

Even though I regularly perform and cover well-known repertoire ranging from the Baroque through the contemporary eras, I believe it is also my role, as a performer, to present lesser-known works but very inspired to a larger audience. There are some remarkable jewels out there yet to be explored—a real gold mine.

Karol Szymanowski’s Sonata for Violin & Piano in D minor Op. 9 was composed in 1904, in Warsaw. It was created in April 1909 by violinist Paul Kochanski and pianist Arthur Rubinstein. The work was composed in the style of late Romanticism which he highly appreciated and respected at that time. The work is dedicated to Bronisław Gromadzki, an amateur violinist and good friend of Szymanowski. The young Szymanowski, a pupil of Zygmunt Noskowski, was then 21 years old. He demonstrates in this work a very fine mastery of the classical form.

Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré’s Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 in E minor, Op. 108 is a masterpiece of artistic depth. It was written in 1916, five years before his sublime Piano Quintet in C minor Op. 115 (1921), and only eight years before his death. The human and musical evolution in the 40 years between his first and second violin sonatas is quite striking. The work certainly reflects and expresses World War I torment and human suffering… The musical writing demonstrates great inspiration and maturity.

Sonata Op. 108 was written during the third period of his life throughout which Fauré was suffering from hearing loss problems.

The gorgeous theme in the Andante from the discarded Symphony in D minor of 1884 is full of beauty and expression.

The work was premiered by Lucien Capet and Alfred Cortot on November the 10th, 1917 at the Société Nationale de Musique. The sonata is dedicated to the Queen of Belgium, Her Majesty Elisabeth.

After Szymanowski’s and Fauré’s lesser-known sonatas, the program will conclude with the superb and one of César Franck’s best-known works, his Sonata for Violin & Piano in A major. The sonata was written in 1886. It was Franck’s wedding present to the young violinist and composer, Eugène Ysaÿe. Ysaÿe performed the work for the wedding guests with pianist Léontine Bordes-Pène. Both Ysaÿe and Bordes-Pène gave the first official public performance of the sonata on December 16th, 1886 at the Museum of Modern Painting in Brussels.

May 5, 2017
Recital in Tokyo, Japan
with pianist
Yusuke Kikuchi

The role of a performer is quite subtle. One must follow and respect the musical text and the composer’s indications, while in a way “reimagining” the piece using the eloquent and precise indications given by the composer. There is a distinct but fragile line between what the performer can do or not to serve the composer’s intentions without it being detrimental to the personal interpretation.

The artists need to emphasize the coherence in the sound colors to create a total “communion” between the instruments, thus favoring the general atmosphere and respecting the color of the harmonic architecture. This is always a very critical step in chamber music, made even more complex by the uniqueness of every musician.

© Violinist Laurence Kayaleh – 2017

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Concerts - Laurence Kayaleh - La Série Vivace
08 March 2017

Inspiration Russe – Concerts – March 11, 12, 16, 19, 2017

Inspiration Russe – Concerts – March 11, 12, 16, 19, 2017

Official News of Laurence Kayaleh, Violinist
11 February 2017

May 5, 2017 – Recital in Tokyo, Japan, with pianist Yusuke Kikuchi

Works :
  • Karol Szymanowski – Sonata for violin and piano in D minor, Op. 9
  • Gabriel Fauré – Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in E minor, Op. 108
  • César Franck – Sonata for violin and piano in A major
Artists :
  • Laurence Kayaleh, Violin
  • Yusuke Kikuchi, Piano

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Radio VM - Canada - Laurence Kayaleh
09 February 2017

Radio VM Interview Excerpts – Les trésors cachés de la musique classique

Audio excerpts from the recent recording of Georgy Catoire’s Complete Works for Violin & Piano performed by Laurence Kayaleh & Stéphane Lemelin (NAXOS Records) now available on this website.

Radio Interview with violinist Laurence Kayaleh and pianist Stéphane Lemelin on their new Naxos Album dedicated to Georgy Catoire with host, Frédéric Cardin “Les trésors cachés de la musique classique” (Radio VM, Montreal, Canada).

Radio VM (Montreal, Canada) – Laurence Kayaleh & Stéphane Lemelin
  1. 1. Radio VM (Montreal, Canada) – Laurence Kayaleh & Stéphane Lemelin

Broadcast :

2pm-4pm, Tuesday October 4, 2016

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Official News of Laurence Kayaleh, Violinist
23 November 2016

French Sonatas – Laurence Kayaleh & Stéphane Lemelin in Recital – Novembre 26, 2016

French Sonatas – Laurence Kayaleh & Stéphane Lemelin in Recital

Radio VM - Canada - Laurence Kayaleh
01 October 2016

Radio Interview – Les trésors cachés de la musique classique

Radio Interview with violinist Laurence Kayaleh and pianist Stéphane Lemelin on their new Naxos Album dedicated to Georgy Catoire with host, Frédéric Cardin “Les trésors cachés de la musique classique”.

Broadcast :

2pm-4pm, Tuesday October 4, 2016

Where :

Radio VM 91,3 FM Montréal, Canada (Please, check frequency outside Montreal on Radio VM website)

Links :

Website : http://www.radiovm.com/
Radio show Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/tresorscachesradiovm/?ref=bookmarks

Georgy Lvovich Catoire - Laurence Kayaleh
Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 20 “Poème” (1906) // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
  1. Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 20 “Poème” (1906) // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
  2. Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op.15 (1906) – Barcarolle : Andante // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
  3. Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op.15 (1906) – Allegro non tanto, ma appassionato // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
  4. Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op.15 (1906) – Allegro con spirito // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)
  5. Elegy in D minor, Op. 26 (pub. 1916) // 1 – Georgy Lvovich Catoire (1861-1926)

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