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French Flute Chamber Music - Pierné, Françaix, Roussel, etc / Mirage Quintet

> Suite, Op. 34 - I. Soir
> Suite, Op. 34 - II. Danse
> Suite, Op. 34 - III. Lied
> Suite, Op. 34 - IV. Fete
> Suite en rocaille, Op. 84 - I. Sans hate
> Suite en rocaille, Op. 84 - II. Anime
> Suite en rocaille, Op. 84 - III. Sans lenteur
> Suite en rocaille, Op. 84 - IV. Vif
> Variations libres et final, Op. 51 - Variations libres et final, Op. 51
> Flute Quintet - I. Andante tranquillo
> Flute Quintet - II. Scherzo
> Flute Quintet - III. Andante
> Flute Quintet - IV. Rondo
> Serenade, Op. 30 - I. Allegro
> Serenade, Op. 30 - II. Andante
> Serenade, Op. 30 - III. Presto

Album Summary

>Tournier, Marcel : Suite for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Harp, Op. 34
>Schmitt, Florent : Suite en rocaille, Op. 84
>Pierné, Gabriel : Variations libres et finale, Op. 51
>Francaix, Jean [Composer] : Quintet for flute, violin, viola, cello & harp no 1
>Roussel, Albert : Serenade for flute, violin, viola, cello & harp, Op. 30
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The five composers on this disc share the clarity and refinement, brio and wit, and subtle sensuality that permeate French music in the early years of the twentieth century. Each found in literature, the visual arts and the music of Debussy and Ravel touchstones for their own compositions, while expressing their individual personalities. Refinement and pellucid textures characterise Tournier's 'Suite'; vigour, elegance and passion Schmitt's. Francaix's 'Quintet', much-loved for its charm and delicacy, matches Roussel's neo-classical 'Serenade' and complements Pierne's virtuosic and translucently scored 'Variations'.



Reviews

Fine French Chamber Music from Toronto
The 1970s pop/rock group E.L.O. (Electric Light Orchestra) was famously formed to "pick up where [The Beatles'] 'I Am the Walrus' left off." Similarly, all the works on this CD come out of the sound world created by a single piece: Maurice Ravel's 1905 Introduction et Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet, and String Quartet. This lineup of composers comes from Ravel's generation, except for the youngster Francaix, who is 30-40 years younger than the rest. The pieces were all written in the 1920s or 1930s, all of them for flute, harp, and strings. Though the music exists in that same sound world, subtle differences in the personalities of the composers emerge. Francaix is playful, Roussel muscular, and Schmitt nostalgic and a bit sentimental. Marcel Tournier's Suite, Op. 34 is a special treat. I knew, and enjoyed, the piece from a Hanssler Classic CD with the Linos Harp Quintet, but the Mirage Quintet give the work a forward momentum and depth that really makes it stand out. You can get a feel for this from the Mirage Quintet's YouTube video of the 3rd Movement (Lied: Assez Lent, Avec Melancolie) filmed during the CD recording in Toronto in 2007. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5fQNwKKig4 This recording took place under the watchful eyes and ears of the great team of Bonnie Silver & Norbert Kraft, who between them share producer, engineer, and editor functions. Kraft, by the way, is the very same guitarist who completely nailed the Villa-Lobos guitar music for Naxos in 2000. The sound on the new disc is predictably excellent, though some might argue that Robert Aitken's flute is too forward in the mix. It's hard to see how this music could be played or presented any better.
Submitted on 09/03/09 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Tournier, Marcel : Suite for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Harp, Op. 34
  • Ensemble: Mirage Quintet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (09/06/2007-09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Schmitt, Florent : Suite en rocaille, Op. 84
  • Ensemble: Mirage Quintet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (09/06/2007-09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Variations libres et finale, Op. 51
  • Ensemble: Mirage Quintet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (09/06/2007-09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Jean Françaix (Composer) (1912 - 1997) : Quintet for flute, violin, viola, cello & harp no 1
  • Ensemble: Mirage Quintet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (09/06/2007-09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Roussel, Albert : Sérénade for flute, violin, viola, cello & harp, Op. 30
  • Ensemble: Mirage Quintet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada (09/06/2007-09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925