Georges Taconet: Songs; Sonata in D minor for Violin & Piano

Georges Taconet: Songs; Sonata in D minor for Violin & Piano

by Fanny Clamagirand
     
 

Georges Taconet belongs to a seemingly inexhaustible historical reserve of French composers working in the wake of impressionism about whom we know next to nothing. Thanks to the efforts of Marco Polo and Taconet's family, the music of Georges Taconet is finally given its first exposure on recordings here, apart from a couple of chamber pieces included on a… See more details below

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Georges Taconet belongs to a seemingly inexhaustible historical reserve of French composers working in the wake of impressionism about whom we know next to nothing. Thanks to the efforts of Marco Polo and Taconet's family, the music of Georges Taconet is finally given its first exposure on recordings here, apart from a couple of chamber pieces included on a semi-private gallery issue. This Marco Polo disc contains a selection of 14 songs, the earliest of which dates from around 1910, and a sonata for violin and piano that dates from the mid-'20s. Dating songs in Taconet is difficult, as he did not date them and few were published. Those that seem stylistically earlier are indebted to Fauré, though songs from around 1916 show a marked change toward an increased independence of mind. "Les Sources" (1916) is harmonically ecstatic, but it is an ecstasy achieved through the interaction of individual polyphonic lines; quite a departure from the vertiginous qualities one associates with impressionism in a purely harmonic sense. The sonata is pleasant, but is clearly in the vein of the late nineteenth century and not as remarkable as the vocal pieces. Soprano Dominique Méa utilizes traditional notions of French chanson in her delivery, a fast vibrato, and slightly nasal vocal quality. It is a lovely sound, although one sorely wishes she were more front and center in the recording; she is rather quiet in the mix concerning the level of the piano. Much the same is true of Fanny Clamagirand's violin in the sonata. Apart from such inconsistencies, this Marco Polo release is a nice way to shake hands with the work of Taconet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2005
Label:
Marco Polo
UPC:
0636943530023
catalogNumber:
8225300
Rank:
341993

Tracks

  1. Au bord de l'eau, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - René-François-Armand Sully-Prudhomme  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Sully Prudhomme  - Dominique Méa
  2. L'Attente mystique I, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Louis Le Cardonnel  - Dominique Méa
  3. Chanson aux éternels murmures, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Georges Audigier  - Dominique Méa
  4. Hier, on parlait de choses et d'autres, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Paul Verlaine  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Dominique Méa
  5. Élégie, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Henri de Régnier  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Dominique Méa
  6. Les Sources, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Henri de Régnier  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Dominique Méa
  7. Rondel, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  -  Duke of Orleans, Charles  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Dominique Méa
  8. En regardant passer la vie, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Georges Audigier  - Dominique Méa
  9. L'Attente mystique II, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Louis Le Cardonnel  - Dominique Méa
  10. Quand au matin, je vois, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Charles Guérin  - Dominique Méa
  11. Soir, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Albert Samain  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Dominique Méa
  12. Anges, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Louis Le Cardonnel  - Dominique Méa
  13. Goûte, me dit le soir de juin, song for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Charles Guérin  - Dominique Méa
  14. Chanson, for voice & piano  - Georges Taconet  - Carlos Cebro  - Susannah Howe  - Wil Gowans  - Dominique Méa  - Gabriel Vicaire
  15. Sonata for violin & piano in D minor  - Georges Taconet  - Susannah Howe  - Fanny Clamagirand  - Virginie Martineau

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