Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces

Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces

by Jupiter String Quartet
     
 
All of the performers on this release are associated somehow with the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, and the album has been released by the conservatory itself on its own label. Perhaps because it's something of a labor of love for harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, the album far surpasses the common run of such academic releases. The

Overview

All of the performers on this release are associated somehow with the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, and the album has been released by the conservatory itself on its own label. Perhaps because it's something of a labor of love for harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, the album far surpasses the common run of such academic releases. The program can be heard equally well in two different ways: as the set of "intimate masterpieces" the title promises, and as the examination of Ravel's relationship to the various radical and conservative schools of French music that prevailed during the early part of his career, as outlined in the extensive booklet notes. The "Cinq mélodies populaires grecques" (Five Greek Popular Songs) and "Chansons madécasses" (Songs of Madagascar) would have been anathema to the likes of Vincent d'Indy, and it is interesting to hear Ravel's flirtations with global music traditions in this light. The "String Quartet" emerges here as Ravel's attempt to write a work on traditional forms while still infusing it with his own distinct harmonic flavor. The music works equally well with no consideration of these factors involved; it is a lovely set of contrasting chamber pieces that sets an entrancing note with the opening "Introduction et Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet, and string quartet." Bravo to all involved for an unusual and logical program, superbly executed.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
Label:
Oberlin Music
UPC:
0884501951616
catalogNumber:
4
Rank:
9870

Tracks

  1. Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Michel-Dimitri Calvocoressi  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Emily Ezust  - David H. Stull  - Ellie Dehn  - Luiza Vizoli
  2. Chansons madécasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano  - Maurice Ravel  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Evariste-Desire de Parny  - Alexa Still  - Alexa Still  - Peter Low  - Spencer Myer  - Daniel McDonough  - David H. Stull  - Ellie Dehn  - Luiza Vizoli
  3. String Quartet in F major  - Maurice Ravel  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  -  Jupiter String Quartet  - David H. Stull  - Luiza Vizoli
  4. Introduction & Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet & string quartet  - Maurice Ravel  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Alexa Still  -  Jupiter String Quartet  - David H. Stull  - Luiza Vizoli  - Richard Hawkins

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