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Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947): Divertissement pour une Fête de Nuit; Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este; Sérénade; Concerto Provençal / Ensemble Initium; Orchestre des Pays de Savoir et al.

Album Summary

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : La bal de Béatrice d'Este, ballet
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Concerto provençal, for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn & strings
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Sérénade, for string quartet
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Divertissement pour une fête de nuit, for string quartet
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This latest Timpani CD release to feature composer Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) is a disc of ensemble music, chamber orchestra even (Concerto provençal). If Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este has been honored on disc (in a recording conducted by the composer), the Concerto provençal is but a fleeting memory on account of some pretty rough 78s. So this now is in effect a major rediscovery! The Divertissement pour une fête de nuit is a world premiere recording. As for the Sérénade - for wind quartet - it also now receives its world premiere, played from its manuscript made available for this project.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Each work here is for a different collection of players. Ensemble Initium is a wind group from the Paris Conservatoire that plays works ranging from trios to dectets. The Savoie Orchestra is "an intinerant permanent formation" that performs mainly in the Savoie and Upper Savoie region of France (near Geneva). Nicholas Chalvin is former principal oboe of the Lyon Orchestra and Luxembourg Philharmonic who turned to conducting in 2011 and is the Savoie Orchestra's music director.

Sounds impressive. The best performance here is in one of the two world premiere recordings. The flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon quartet players in the Serenade (1942) by Reynaldo Hahn (1874- 1947) are not named, but they certainly move hand-in-glove as they give this three-movement 11-minute piece of French froth alert rhythms, keen shaping, and buoyant flow and style. They really know how to dovetail and dialog with each other. The liner notes are very informative, typical of Timpani productions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Conservatoire, Rueil-Malmaison (10/2014).



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Works Details

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : La bal de Béatrice d'Este, ballet
  • Conductor: Nicolas Chalvin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Initium
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1909

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Concerto provençal, for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn & strings
  • Performers: Julien Desplanque (Horn); Francois Lemoine (Clarinet); Frank Sibold (Bassoon); Julien Vern (Flute)
  • Conductor: Nicolas Chalvin
  • Ensemble: Orchestra des Pays de Savoie
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1945

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Sérénade, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Initium
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1892

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Divertissement pour une fête de nuit, for string quartet
  • Conductor: Nicolas Chalvin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Initium
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931