CD Koechlin

Real qualities, good installation, sensitivity, sobriety of certain inflections.

Francis Duroy, an internationally renowned violinist, was present Monday in the impressive “Grande Chambre de la Cour d’Appel de Nancy”. For an exceptional recital … No wonder then that this room was full that evening of a conquered audience.

A duo that borders on perfection ... Vivacity and melody

A remarkable pianist (Carine Zarifian) and a violinist (Francis Duroy) who was able to unleash all his virtuosity…

Sensitivity to the fingertips of both the violinist and the pianist. A remarkable game individually, an excellent cohesion of the whole … A treat. To listen to and see.

The sonata for violin and piano (1916) by Charles Koechlin, played, or rather lived by Francis Duroy and Jean-Marie Cottet, thus exerted an uninterrupted charm, that very one of the world of fairies and goblins that the work enjoys to suggest. It is visible that Francis Duroy met in the music of Charles Koechlin a universe where he feels particularly himself. Before the burst of a great final crescendo, its sound becomes soft and muted, like the voice of a storyteller who takes children to the land of spells, a child himself. And the sonata to walk without hurrying among the trees and streams of dreams. ..For violinist Francis Duroy, artistic director of Musicalta, who tirelessly played the main role during Thursday’s rich concert, the course was likely to be grueling. In any case, we didn’t notice it and, until the end, we could admire the ease of the first soloist and the variety of colors required by the program.

Yesterday’s concert at Kerdevot was a big first. The violinist Francis Duroy and the cellist Henri Demarquette had never met. The initiative obviously delighted them.

The intimacy of the Gothic Notre-Dame of Kerdévot church in Ergué-Gabéric, despite the constraints of overly reverberated acoustics, is suitable for the performance of two rare works for violin and cello (the Duo by Zoltan Kodály and the Sonata by Maurice Ravel) by the bows of Francis Duroy and Henri Demarquette. Committed and rhapsodic interpretation at will for the play of the Hungarian, fiery and rigorous for that of the author of the Boléro; an exercise in a little austere style but perfectly assumed by high-level soloists. These rare moments of music are shared by an attentive audience, almost frustrated by an hour of music so successful that a Fantasia of Lassus and the resumption in bis of the Very lively median of the Sonata by Ravel completes to satiate it.

Michel le Naour 

CD Koechlin

As well as the Violin and Piano Sonata recorded here, Charles Koechlin’s writing is precise and free of all emphasis. The refinement and balance of the finale are a barely concealed tribute to Gabriel Fauré to whom this sonata is dedicated. The dark and heavy atmosphere of the Quintet evokes the transfigured night of Schoenberg, nothing less.

Piano Magazine

The musicians adopt the right tone, restoring with relevance the fantastic and magical accents of the Sonata for violin and piano, formulating with refinement the murmurs and the atonal cries of the Quintet. A performance that does justice to Koechlin’s genius and eclecticism.

In the Sonata in A Major opus 13 by Faure the bow of Francis Duroy and his great sense of color worked wonders and perfectly rendered this work of great plenitude.

Musicos Tonos - Greece

In Charles Koechlin’ s sonata for violin and piano opus 64, Francis Duroy and Thierry Rosbach carefully and sensitively interpret polyphony and large melodies… in the first part, they create an attractive fairy tale in an atmosphere where the sounds are contrasted with relevance

“A crowd gathered for an exceptional duo”

The sounds of two stringed instruments filled the ears of spectators of the Musical Weeks this Thursday in Ergué-Gabéric.

Henri Demarquette on the cello and Francis Duroy on the violin had chosen an unusual program, which perhaps explains a slightly reduced, but high-quality audience.

The sonata of Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly invites you to travel and introspection. The cello attack in the first movement gives this instrument its full power, accompanied by the purity of the violin. Throughout the concert, the exceptional silence and the listening quality of the audience did not stop.

In Ravel’s sonata, which followed this foray into Eastern Europe, we find the talent of the two artists, offering a sinuous theme in the first movement, pizzicati and dialogues, octaves and perfect unison in the rest of the work.


Le courrier français Touraine

Emotion visible in the church …, the audience let itself be carried away by the fine and nuanced interpretation of the Four Seasons … this work that everyone knows or believes to know took on new dimensions under the bow inspired by Francis Duroy.

Remiremont Vallées

If the two artists succeeded in translating remarkably the intimate feelings which lived the composers played this evening, the fact remained that it was indeed the passion which led the dance. Sonatensatz by Brahms, sonata in A minor by Schumann, sonata in D minor by Saint-Saëns, Spanish dance by Granados, Cantabile by Paganini… electrified an audience who did not know whether to stick to the notes or if their eyes should be used to soak up the music of the masters.

Because Francis Duroy became one with his instrument, perhaps it was the violin itself and its twirling bow, it seems to have become uncontrollable, which imposed on the artist this passionate, even frenzied game.

Pedagogue and dripping, Francis Duroy took advantage of a “lull” to tell a thousand and one anecdotes relating to the work he was about to interpret and all in humor for the greatest joy of a conquered public who appreciated the simplicity and the talent of the two great artists, accustomed to the great international scenes.

From Kreisler to Sarasate, from encore to encore, it was necessary to conclude and it was under a salvo fed by applause that it was necessary to stop, that ended this evening placed under the sign of virtuosity, around a glass of shared and beneficent friendship

CD Koechlin

The musicians on this disc (Jean-Pierre Sabouret and Francis Duroy violins – Stéphane Marcel, viola Philippe Bary, cello – Thierry Rosbach, piano) bring to both works undeniable expertise and real musical sensitivity.


atravesdelacultura - Espagne

Mendelssohn’s magnificent violin concerto is a masterpiece … The impressive soloist Francis Duroy. The pure and resounding sound.

The elegance of the subject was matched by that of the interpretation: functioning as a real quartet, Jean-Pierre Sabouret, Francis Duroy, Stéphane Marcel and Philippe Bary exposed it with consummate art, the uncertainties, tensions, fevers, often recalled to order by the imperious piano of Thierry Rosbach. Dense and inhabited, a very nice read that these same interpreters are about to record soon? Few concert programmers cared, this year of the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of Charles Koechlin, a prolific and refined musician, but failing to do so today, having been a hopelessly free and therefore unclassifiable artist. Koechlin’s immense work is reminiscent of the qualities of this atypical festival: quality, originality, good friendliness?

Mendelssohn and Jack. (…) Nicolas Vérin’s work, Chassé-croisé III, for two violins – Francis Duroy and Nathalie Geoffray – was, on the other hand, a great success in terms of musical investment and sound balance. Not a drop in tension in this strange work haunted by glissandos, a chassé-croisé that sometimes takes on the appearance of a chase and whose rhythmic energy never drops.