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Alain Craens (b. 1957) "A Portrait", orchestral & chamber works / Jan Guns: bass clarinet; Rita Rommes: vibraphone, marimba

Album Summary

>Craens, Alain : Interlude to the Sea, for oboe, bassoon & piano
>Craens, Alain : Mystery, for woodwind quintet & string quintet
>Craens, Alain : Experience, for bass clarinet, bells, vibraphone, marimba & string quartet
>Craens, Alain : Oase, for flute, bassoon & piano
>Craens, Alain : Three Summer Pieces, for wind quintet, string quintet, piano & percussion
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

It is impossible to describe Alain Craens' music in one word: it can be tonal at times, atonal or free tonal at others. It often exhibits characteristics of impressionism, minimalism, or jazz. Sometimes it suggests certain tones or tonal centers, but above all it wants to be accessible. After the era of complex modernism, in which experiment occupied a central place, Craens believes that returning to a normal relationship with the audience is essential. Music may again be "just beautiful," without ulterior motives. In this way, the composer strives to build bridges between his own individual expression, and his audience.



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Works Details

>Craens, Alain : Interlude to the Sea, for oboe, bassoon & piano
  • Performer: Jean-Claude Eynden (Piano)
  • Ensemble: I Solisti del Vento
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Craens, Alain : Mystery, for woodwind quintet & string quintet
  • Ensemble: Emanon Ensemble
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Craens, Alain : Experience, for bass clarinet, bells, vibraphone, marimba & string quartet
  • Performers: Jan Guns (Bass Clarinet); Rita Rommes (Marimba); Rita Rommes (Vibraphone)
  • Ensemble: Moscow Chamber Soloists
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Craens, Alain : Oase, for flute, bassoon & piano
  • Performer: Jean-Claude Eynden (Piano)
  • Ensemble: I Solisti del Vento
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1998

>Craens, Alain : Three Summer Pieces, for wind quintet, string quintet, piano & percussion
  • Ensemble: Emanon Ensemble
  • Running Time: 19 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary