French Connection

French Connection

by Paul Meyer
     
 

The title of this 2005 EMI release, French Connection, is somewhat confusing since it leads one to expect special linkages between the four French composers -- Schmitt, Milhaud, Jolivet, and Emmanuel -- and the Russian Shostakovich…  See more details below

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The title of this 2005 EMI release, French Connection, is somewhat confusing since it leads one to expect special linkages between the four French composers -- Schmitt, Milhaud, Jolivet, and Emmanuel -- and the Russian Shostakovich and the Brazilian Villa-Lobos. However, Shostakovich's two "Waltzes" and Villa-Lobos' "Chôros No. 2" are so short and slight as to be dismissed from cross-cultural speculation; the remaining works make the issue of French connections all too obvious. This album, then, is just a grab bag of pieces for winds and piano, so varied in character, style, and techniques that it is better not to rationalize the program, but to note instead its salient points. Milhaud's "Sonata for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano, Op. 47," is the strongest selection -- bracing in its dissonances, probing in tone, and adventurous in its explorations of polytonality and novel sonorities. Jolivet's "Sonatine for flute and clarinet" and Emmanuel's "Sonate for flute, clarinet and piano, Op. 11," are the next most interesting compositions, for the former's extended contrapuntal invention and the latter's elegant repartee and Impressionist harmonies. Schmitt's "Sonatine en trio, Op. 85," is mildly charming for its neo-Baroque touches, yet it is the least ambitious of the disc's main works. Les Vents Français delivers polished performances, and EMI's sound quality is pleasantly clear and natural.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
A delightful disc.... That the performers are close friends of Pahud helps to bring the sort of give-and-take between them that results in musical magic.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724355794826
catalogNumber:
57948

Tracks

  1. Waltzes (4) for flute (or piccolo), clarinet & piano (arr. from various pieces by Atovmyan): No. 3 (from The Return of Maxim, Op. 45)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Eric le Sage  - Paul Meyer  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Jérôme Chabannes
  2. Chôros No. 2, for flute & clarinet, A. 197  - Heitor Villa-Lobos  - Paul Meyer  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Jérôme Chabannes
  3. Sonatine en trio, for flute, clarinet & piano (or harpsichord), Op. 85  - Florent Schmitt  - Eric le Sage  - Paul Meyer  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Jérôme Chabannes
  4. Sonata, for flute, clarinet, oboe & piano, Op. 47  - Darius Milhaud  - Eric le Sage  - Paul Meyer  - Emmanuel Pahud  - François Meyer  - Jérôme Chabannes
  5. Sonatine for flute & clarinet  - André Jolivet  - Paul Meyer  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Jérôme Chabannes
  6. Sonata for clarinet, flute & piano, Op 11 ("Trio")  - Maurice Emmanuel  - Eric le Sage  - Paul Meyer  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Jérôme Chabannes
  7. Waltzes (4) for flute (or piccolo), clarinet & piano (arr. from various pieces by Atovmyan): No. 4 (from The Gadfly, Op. 97a)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Eric le Sage  - Paul Meyer  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Jérôme Chabannes

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Paul Meyer   Primary Artist

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