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Debussy: String Quartet; Danses; André Caplet: Conte fantastique; Prières / Marielle Nardmann, harp; Francoise Masset, soprano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
>Debussy, Claude : Danses sacrée et profane, for chromatic harp & string orchestra, L. 103
>Caplet, André : Les Prières, for voice, harp & string quartet
>Caplet, André : Conte Fantastique for harp & string quartet, "Masque of the Red Death"
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Andre Caplet (1878-1925) was a friend of Debussy. He was Debussy's assistant and completed the orchestrations for a number of Debussy's works, including The Martyrdom of St Sebastian. He also prepared orchestral arrangements of Debussy's Children's Corner and 'Clair de Lune'. The Caplet performances are satisfactory. Debussy's quartet has had better renditions. I do like the sweet, intimate reading of the Dances.

Claude Debussy and André Caplet...this well-known pairing brings together master and disciple in a shared aesthetic. The Debussy Quartet had long wanted to re-record the Quartet by the composer whose patronymic they bear. For Caplet's Danses, they accompany harpist Marielle Nordmann. And we again hear Marielle Nordmann in Caplet's masterpiece, the Conte fantastique (after Poe), along with the lesser-known Prières sung by soprano Françoise Masset.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Espace Monod, Vaulx-en-Velin (12/2012).



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>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
  • Running Time: 25 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893

>Debussy, Claude : Danses sacrée et profane, for chromatic harp & string orchestra, L. 103
  • Performers: Yann Dubost (Double Bass); Marielle Nordmann (Harp)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Caplet, André : Les Prières, for voice, harp & string quartet
  • Performers: Yann Dubost (Double Bass); Francoise Masset (Soprano); Marielle Nordmann (Harp)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1922

>Caplet, André : Conte Fantastique for harp & string quartet, "Masque of the Red Death"
  • Performer: Marielle Nordmann (Harp)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908