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Chamber Music by Jean-Michael Damase (1928-2013) & Jean Françaix (1912-1997) / Ransom Wilson, flute; Jean-Michael Damase, piano; Jacques Tys, oboe; Arnarud Leroy, clarinet; Orpheus Chamber Ensemble

Album Summary

>Damase, Jean-Michel : Scherzo for flute & piano
>Damase, Jean-Michel : Trio, for flute, oboe & piano
>Damase, Jean-Michel : Variations for flute & piano
>Damase, Jean-Michel : Quatour, for flute, oboe, clarinet & piano
>Damase, Jean-Michel : Duettino, for flute & piano
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Suite for flute
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Divertimento for flute & piano
Performers Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Damase's music combines grace and sparkling wit with a gentle nobility. The essential simplicity of his writing, especially when compared to the voguish intellectual inscrutability of the avant garde, led to his being side-lined at a time when novelty was all the rage. Yet although he was highly prolific, little of his music is known outside his native France. The works featured in this recital epitomize nearly half-a-century of creative endeavor. Of the younger composers from whom Damase drew freely for creative inspiration, he felt the greatest affinity with Françaix. Françaix showed exceptional talent from an early age and was already composing freely by the age of six. Highly prolific - he once described himself as 'constantly composing' - Françaix established his reputation during the 1930s with a series of works (most notably his Concertino for piano and orchestra) that demonstrate his effortless command of a wide range of genres. The wind family of instruments plays a crucial role in many of Françaix's 200 or so published works and of these the flute is pre-eminent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: CBS 30th St. Studios, New York, NY (03/1974); Temple de la Rue Pierre Nicole, Paris, France (03/1974); CBS 30th St. Studios, New York, NY (10/2010); Temple de la Rue Pierre Nicole, Paris, France (10/2010).



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Works Details

>Damase, Jean-Michel : Scherzo for flute & piano
  • Performers: Jean-Michel Damase (Piano); Ransom Wilson (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Damase, Jean-Michel : Trio, for flute, oboe & piano
  • Performers: Jean-Michel Damase (Piano); Jacques Tys (Oboe); Ransom Wilson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1962

>Damase, Jean-Michel : Variations for flute & piano
  • Performers: Jean-Michel Damase (Piano); Ransom Wilson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Damase, Jean-Michel : Quatour, for flute, oboe, clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jean-Michel Damase (Piano); Arnaud Leroy (Clarinet); Jacques Tys (Oboe); Ransom Wilson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1992

>Damase, Jean-Michel : Duettino, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Jean-Michel Damase (Piano); Ransom Wilson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2003

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Suite for flute
  • Performer: Ransom Wilson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Divertimento for flute & piano
  • Performer: Ransom Wilson (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern