July 5, 2009

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(Denise Soriano (upper left) Jules Boucherit (upper right) Devy Ehrlih (lower left) Serge Blanc (lower right) - taken in 1942)

A lot has been written about this particular recording, mostly that it hasn't been available in practically any form since it was first issued as a 78 set by Pathe in 1934.

Magda Tagliaferro has recorded a lot during her career. She also had the chance to know and tour with the likes of Gabriel Faure, the composer of this sonata. But not a whole lot is known about the violinist, Denise Soriano, other than the fact that the relatively few commercial recordings she made were brilliant. Sadly, Soriano died in 2006 at the age of 90 after a career centered mostly in Europe and South America. She was married to the violinist Jules Boucherit and frequently collaborated with Tagliaferro in the 1930's and 1940's.

Suffice to say, this is a special recording made by two extraordinary musicians who have not become household names. Too bad for us.

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