David Grimal violin, Mathieu Dupouy fortepiano
The first five of these six sonatas consist of only two movements; the sixth adds a central andantino cantabile to the mix. As well as the fine performances, one of the principle attractions of this CD is the booklet note, which not only paints the background to the sonatas superbly, but also gives details of the Gräbner fortepiano used. When I played these works, it was never quite clear to me whether the violin was accompanying the keyboard, or vice versa, or whether in fact the whole thing was in a state of flux. For the most part, I find the balance between the two works well, and the recorded sound is fabulous. Maybe the pair can go on to record some Hummel sonatas, now? Please.