Pierné contemporaries considered him one of the most important defenders of the French spirit. Upon his death on July 17th 1937 he left behind a vast catalogue of over 150 works. Within this imposing collection, one might wonder about the importance of the dozen or so works for violin and keyboard. However, the astounding consistency of thèse contributions which fall into three clearly distinct blocks, separated by several decades, allow us a glimpse of the deeply représentative nature of his body of work.
This recording does more than introduce the listener to these scores which brilliantly combine the purest musical art with listening pleasure: it is an invitation to journey to the very heart of this master's underrated art.
Gaëtane Prouvost studied with Roland Charmy and Jean Hubeau at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and continued her musical training at New York's Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet. However, her real maestro would be Zino Francescatti, one of the great virtuosi of the last century and a direct heir to the Paganini technique.
She wrote a biography of Francescatti (published by Harmattan) and recorded his original compositions and transcriptions (Empreinte Digitale,1995). In an era where interpretation tends Gaëtane Prouvost also performs in trios on a regular basis, and was thus featured on the world premiere recording of Anton Reicha Opus 101 n° 5 and Dvorak's famous Dumky. Passionate about French music she recorded with Laurent Cabasso the Farrenc sonatas, widely rewarded by the press.