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Emmanuel Durlet (1893-1977): Violin Sonata "Illuminated Tales; 'The Refuge of Your Eyes' for cello & piano; piano pieces / Kyotaka Izumi, Eliot Lawson, David Cohen

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  1. Durlet — Illuminated Tales, Sonata for Piano and Violin "Eulogy of the Inner Life": I. Andante religioso $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Durlet — Illuminated Tales, Sonata for Piano and Violin "Eulogy of the Inner Life": II. Appassionata $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Durlet — Illuminated Tales, Sonata for Piano and Violin "Eulogy of the Inner Life": III. Andante sostenuto $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Durlet — Illuminated Tales, Sonata for Piano and Violin "Eulogy of the Inner Life": IV. Allegro vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Durlet — This Night Be Gentle to You $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Durlet — Paraphrase on "My Mother Tongue": I. Solemne - II. Murmurando. Con fuoco (Arr. Peter Benoit) $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Durlet — The Refuge of Your Eyes
  8. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: I. Prelude $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: II. Chicanery $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: III. Tenderness $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: IV. The Shepherds $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: V. The Virgin $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: VI. Effrontery $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: VII. Noble Titles $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: VIII. Village Ways and Customs $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: IX. The Mouse $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: X. The Savoyards $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XI. The Lansquenets of Burgundy $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XII. Albrecht and Isabella $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XIII. Burlesque $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XIV. The Three Kisses $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XV. Complaint at Twilight $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XVI. The Lace Worker $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XVII. Peasantry $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XVIII. Campine Folklore $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Durlet — Old Flemish Melodies and Dances: XIX. The Lumberjacks $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Durlet — Miniature for Little Aunt $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Durlet — Canzonetta for Violin & Piano $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Durlet, Emmanuel : Illuminated Tales, sonata for violin & piano
>Durlet, Emmanuel : This Night be Gentle to You, for piano
>Durlet, Emmanuel : Paraphrase on "Mijn Moederspraak" (My Mother Tongue) by Peter Benoit, for piano
>Durlet, Emmanuel : The Refuge of Your Eyes, for cello & piano
>Durlet, Emmanuel : Old Flemish Melodies and Dances, for piano
>Durlet, Emmanuel : Miniature for Little Aunt, for piano
>Durlet, Emmanuel : Canzonetta, for violin & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Born into a family of architects, the pianist, piano pedagogue and composer Emmanuel Durlet was only 16 when he obtained his degree in piano studies with the highest honours from the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp. Following an esteemed career as a performer, proving himself as a piano virtuoso of the highest level, he entered a new compositional phase in 1933. All of the works on this new recording date from this period, and Durlet prefers to give his pieces evocative titles that often describe the mood or feeling of the music itself. This programmatic element is constant in his entire oeuvre. The rather unusual title of The Refuge of your Eyes, for instance, can be explained by its composition in April 1946, as Durlet was recovering from major surgery on his left eye; and the Miniature for little Aunt was written in memory of ‘Tanteke’ (Auntie), Durlet’s father’s sister. His highly distinctive melodic lines and rich and, at times, surprising harmony make Durlet’s music easily recognisable, and are a common feature of his music. Of particular beauty are the Old-Flemish Melodies and Dances, originally penned for the harpsichord in 1757 by Robert d’Aubat de Saint-Flour, a dancing-master in the city of Ghent. Durlet turned these pieces into a string of fine pearls for the piano, with suggestive titles such as ‘The Shepherds’, ‘The Mouse’ and ‘The Three Kisses’. Three award-winning artists, all of whom have played with the world’s leading orchestras and achieved success in a number of international competitions, perform Durlet’s music for violin, cello and piano. Other information: * Recorded in 2011 and 2012. * Booklet includes liner notes and artist biographies.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
His sonata for violin and piano, Illuminated Tales, is intelligent and enjoyable; only IV, 'The Temptation of St Anthony', falls short of portraying its subject. Outside of that, there are some elegant themes, satisfying structures, and a substantial piano part. The Refuge of Your Eyes is a 12-minute piece for cello and piano, warmer and more heart-on-sleeve than the violin sonata. I imagine these string pieces aren't well known. That's a shame, because they are both wonderful and would be winning pieces on any program. Robert d'Aubat wrote the Old Flemish Melodies and Dances in 1757 for harpsichord; the notes say that Durlet "turned (them) into a string of fine pearls for the piano." It sounds as if Durlet did some respectful modifications of these 19 short pieces. Lawson and Cohen are good musicians. Izumi has a velvet tone and a great feel for the music. The sound is fine; notes are in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Castle d'Ursel, Hingene, Belgium (2011/2012).



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>Durlet, Emmanuel : Illuminated Tales, sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Kiyotaka Izumi (Piano); Eliot Lawson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1936

>Durlet, Emmanuel : This Night be Gentle to You, for piano
  • Performer: Kiyotaka Izumi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1939

>Durlet, Emmanuel : Paraphrase on "Mijn Moederspraak" (My Mother Tongue) by Peter Benoit, for piano :: I. Solemne, II. Mur
  • Performer: Kiyotaka Izumi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1934

>Durlet, Emmanuel : The Refuge of Your Eyes, for cello & piano
  • Performers: David Cohen (Cello); Kiyotaka Izumi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1946

>Durlet, Emmanuel : Old Flemish Melodies and Dances, for piano
  • Performer: Kiyotaka Izumi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1941-1943

>Durlet, Emmanuel : Miniature for Little Aunt, for piano
  • Performer: Kiyotaka Izumi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1947

>Durlet, Emmanuel : Canzonetta, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Kiyotaka Izumi (Piano); Eliot Lawson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1953