In this debut album on Artek by the young California violinist, Jennifer Frautschi, she plays pieces that are directly related to the composers as performers. Stravinsky wrote the Duo Concertante and the Divertimento when he was touring with a friend and violinist, so they would have his own music to perform. If you like Stravinsky, you'll like these, I think, and if you do not care for the contemporary idiom, you probably won't care for this CD. Frautschi has recorded many 'modern' composers, and she plays wonderfully. What little I know about Marta Aznavoorian, the pianist, is on this recording; they play very, very well together.
Ravel is often thought of as being of the Impressionist era, and associated with tone color, chord mood, feeling in music, and the like. But in "Bolero", one of his best-known, and many others, his innovations and playful way with rhythm is as prominent. That's the case with this Sonata. "Tzigane" is on almost every young (or old) violinist's early records; it holds up well with this performance.
It is refreshing to read album notes by Frautschi; she knows what she is talking about.
A good CD, that I enjoy listening to repeatedly. By coincidence the name of the Hall in which it was recorded is from my grandmother's family; it's good to know our family supports music with performance venues. (Ha.) Wish I could too, but at least I bought the CD.