Artist: Akiko Suwanai, Pace Ennrico
Title: Franck & R. Strauss: Violin Sonatas, Takemitsu: Hika
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:02:38
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Decca

Akiko Suwanai (the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition) and pianist Enrico Pace with a programme featuring works by Strauss and Franck. The duo will also perform Hika by Tru Takemitsu, marking the 20th anniversary of the composer’s death.

The orchestra seemed to wrap itself around soloist Akiko Suwanai, a wonderful player who seemed rather more wonderful with the Philadelphians framing her.” (David Patrick Stearns,

Suwanai was the sensation, with her overwhelming technical exhibition, which she developed naturally and with conviction in the most intricate passages. But over all, the best was her innate musicality, her delicate and detailed phrasing, with a wonderful legato in the Canzonetta, full of velvety nuances.” (Andres Moreno Mengibar, Diario de Sevilla)

Her commitment and dexterity proved persuasive, above all in the taxing finale.” (Tim Ashley, Guardian)

Warmly recorded, with excellent balance struck between the two players, the Paroisse Notre-Dame du Liban Paris provides a sympathetic and intimate ambience. Booklet notes are in Japanese with an English track-listing and timings.” (Stephen Greenbank, MusicWeb International)


  1. Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18, TrV 151: I. Allegro, ma non troppo – 11:24
  2. Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18, TrV 151: II. Improvisation: Andante cantabile – 8:02
  3. Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18, TrV 151: III. Finale: Andante – Allegro – 9:04
  4. Elegy (Hika), for Violin & Piano – 5:17
  5. Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8: I. Allegretto ben moderato – 6:31
  6. Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8: II. Allegro – Quasi lento – Tempo 1. Allegro – 8:21
  7. Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8: III. Recitative – Fantasia. Ben moderato – Largamente – Molto vivace – 7:50
  8. Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8: IV. Allegretto poco mosso – 6:13