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Beau Soir: Japanese Medlodies for Flute & Harp
     

Beau Soir: Japanese Medlodies for Flute & Harp

by Emmanuel Pahud
 
The flute and the harp are possibly the two quintessential French instruments. The flute's cool, pure tone and the harp's ethereal, delicate pluck exemplify that sensuous rationality (or is it rational sensuousness?) that seems so French. Heard together, the effect is, well, magnifique! On this EMI CD, Emmanuel Pahud, the purest

Overview

The flute and the harp are possibly the two quintessential French instruments. The flute's cool, pure tone and the harp's ethereal, delicate pluck exemplify that sensuous rationality (or is it rational sensuousness?) that seems so French. Heard together, the effect is, well, magnifique! On this EMI CD, Emmanuel Pahud, the purest toned of all flutists, is joined by harpist Mariko Anraku for a program of mostly delicate and reflective works -- some originally for flute and harp (like Fauré's Sicilienne). It's not all dreamy, though. Ibert's Entr'acte alternates energetic passages with contemplative ones, and Vittorio Monti's Csárdás is an unrepentantly virtuosic showpiece, Hungarian accent and all. The real surprise, though, is Toward the Sea III by the great 20th century Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Not that Takemitsu's music is particularly difficult. Indeed, despite some dissonance and jagged melodic writing, the music is only a step away from Debussy's fragrant Impressionism. It also provides a perfect segue into a wonderfully evocative, traditional Japanese work, "Haru no Umi" (The Sea in Spring) by Michio Miyagi. Pahud and Anraku, who have been collaborating since 1990, obviously enjoy making music together. Intelligently conceived and exquisitely performed, Beau Soir is, quite simply, a classy disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724355774026
catalogNumber:
57740

Tracks

  1. Arabesque, for piano No. 1 in E major, L. 66/1  - Claude Debussy  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  2. Beau soir ("Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses"), song for voice & piano, L. 6  - Claude Debussy  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  3. Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56: Berceuse  - Gabriel Fauré  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  4. Entr'acte, for flute (or violin) & harp (or guitar) (from "Le médecin de son honneur")  - Jacques Ibert  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  5. Petite suite (4), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 65: En Bateau  - Claude Debussy  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  6. Sicilienne, for cello & piano, Op. 78  - Gabriel Fauré  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  7. Andantino & Final, for flute & piano: Andantino  - Émile Noblot  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  8. Pièce en forme de Habanera, arrangement(s) for solo instrument & keyboard  - Maurice Ravel  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  9. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")  - Jules Massenet  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  10. Csárdás, for violin & orchestra  - Vittorio Monti  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  11. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1  - Erik Satie  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  12. Le fils des étoiles, Chaldean pastoral, 3 preludes for piano  - Erik Satie  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  13. Toward the Sea III, for alto flute & harp  - Toru Takemitsu  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito
  14. Haru No Umi (Ocean in Springtime), for koto & shkauhachi (or violin)  - Michio Miyagi  - Hitoshi Namekata  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Mariko Anraku  - Masaki Saito

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