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Suites Françaises: Chamber music by Ravel, Debussy, Pierné / Pyramide Ens.

Audio Samples

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
>     Prélude
>     Fugue
>     Forlane
>     Menuet
>     Rigaudon
>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>Debussy, Claude : Epigraphes antiques (6)
>Pierné, Gabriel : Album pour mes petits amis, Nos 1-6, Op. 14

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>Debussy, Claude : Epigraphes antiques (6)
>Pierné, Gabriel : Album pour mes petits amis, Nos 1-6, Op. 14
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Notes & Reviews:

Following the success of recent portrait CD of the Ensemble Pyramide, Divox presents yet another recording of the popular Zurich-based chamber ensemble. Suites Françaises unites arrangements by Markus Brönnimann, the ensemble's flutist, of works by French composers whose paths crossed repeatedly. Debussy, Ravel and Pierné are the composers whose pieces convey a vivid overview of French music at the turn of the 19th into the 20th century.

Fanfare
the disc offers an hour's worth of very pleasant, mostly relaxing music, stylishly played... Recommended for polished playing and excellent recording...

Allmusic.com
The ensemble's members play with finesse and acute sensitivity to each other, so the performances have an appealing suppleness and flexibility. The Ravel is a virtuosic tour de force, and the group handles it with panache, even taking some of the movements faster than is traditional in the piano original. Petite Suite is a real charmer, generously melodic and sunny in tone. Six épigraphes antiques, written late in Debussy's career, is a more austere, abstract work that frequently relies on spare, mysterious atmospherics. Pierné's Album pour mes petits amis is a simple piece both in its technical demands and musical material, which is light, sweet, and has an unadorned gracefulness that frequently echoes the elegance of the Classical era. ... this is an attractive, beautifully executed recording that should be of interest to chamber music fans.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin :: Prélude
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pyramide
  • Notes: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1917

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin :: Fugue
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pyramide
  • Notes: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1917

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin :: Forlane
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pyramide
  • Notes: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1917

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin :: Menuet
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pyramide
  • Notes: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1917

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin :: Rigaudon
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pyramide
  • Notes: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1917

>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pyramide
  • Notes: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Debussy, Claude : Epigraphes antiques (6)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pyramide
  • Notes: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Album pour mes petits amis, Nos 1-6, Op. 14
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pyramide
  • Notes: Kirche Marthalen, Schweiz (06/27/2007-06/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic