S0803. JEAN FOURNIER, w.Ginette Doyen (Pf.): Violin Sonata in D, Op. 12, #1; Violin Sonata in A, Op. 12, #1; Violin Sonata in E-flat, Op. 12, #3; Violin Sonata in a, Op. 23, #4 (all Beethoven). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1193, Broadcast Performance, 1952-54, Paris. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Fournier’s complete Beethoven Violin Sonata recordings were made with his wife Ginette Doyen for Westminster between 1952 and 1954.
Jean Fournier was the brother of Pierre and showed something of the same elegance and refinement as his more famous brother. Despite Pierre’s international eminence Jean was not wholly effaced, certainly not domestically where he made some beautiful recordings of French music.
The sonatas seem to have been recorded in three batches over the period in question. Each performance is finely characterised, with buoyant ensemble. Finales are invariably lively and never stint the wit of the writing. Fournier’s tone is heard at something like its most beguiling in the slow movement of Op.12, No.3 which he plays with rapt and particularly veiled expression. There’s no hint here, or elsewhere, of indulgence or awkward gestures, of striving for effect. This is a set where phrasing is natural and unforced and where ensemble virtues are to the fore.”
- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWebInternational