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Claude Debussy: Sonate for flute, alto & harp; Syrinx; Chansons de Bilitis / Gérard Caussé, alto; Isabelle Moretti, harp; Ariane Jacob, piano

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>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Debussy, Claude : Chansons de Bilitis, incidental music for narrator, 2 flutes, 2 harps & celesta, L. 96

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Debussy, Claude : Chansons de Bilitis, incidental music for narrator, 2 flutes, 2 harps & celesta, L. 96
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Notes & Reviews:

Stéphane Mallarmé was very impressed by the way in which Debussy had expanded on the moods of his poem, L'Après-midi d'un faune. The flute is not the most widely used instrument in Debussy's music, but he wrote one or two masterpieces for it. With the exception of his famous last Sonata for flute, viola and harp, all of the pieces on this recording were associated with theatrical or literary performances - an opportunity to put Syrinx back in context (Gabriel Mourey's drama, Psyché) and to hear Pierre Louÿs' Chansons de Bilitis as they were performed (with a small instrumental ensemble and reciter) on a day in February 1901. This title was released for the first time in 1998.

Gramophone
...The high point of this disc is a beautifully sensitive performance of Debussy's elusive late sonata, a "terribly sad" work according to the composer himself, but also containing in its latter two movements an uneasy kind of high spirits born of desperation. The opening and close of the first movement provide two of those haunting moments at which French composers seem to excel. Philippe Rernold, until recently first flute of the Lyon National Opera, is a player of delicate, refined tone whose descents to the edge of sound are hypnotic in their effect; and with his two partners the performance rivals those recordings I have hitherto cherished as yardsticks for the sonata - the classic Melos of 1962 and the Nash of 1991. Bernold captures the spirit of rapture in Syrinx (where his long, controlled diminuendos and his use of pauses are notable), which is heard both in its usual form as an unaccompanied solo and as it was originally intended, as incidental music to a play, Psyche...

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Recording information: 09/1997.



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Isabelle Moretti (Harp); Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Ariane Jacob (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Performer: Philippe Bernold (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Debussy, Claude : Chansons de Bilitis, incidental music for narrator, 2 flutes, 2 harps & celesta, L. 96
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Isabelle Moretti (Harp); Germaine Lorenzini (Harp); Mathieu Dufour (Flute); Ariane Jacob (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
  • Performer: Philippe Bernold (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913