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Koechlin: '...des jardins enchantés…'

Koechlin: '...des jardins enchantés…'

Piano Works Volume 1


Koechlin:

Paysages et marine, Op. 63

Quatre nouvelles sonatines, Op. 87

L'Album de Lilian, première série Op. 139: excerpts

L'Album de Lilian, Deuxième série, Op. 149: Barcarolle Monégasque

Au Lion (premiere version, Op. 20): Andante quasi adagio


As the recent recordings from Hänssler CLASSIC have demonstrated, Charles Koechlin was one of the 20th century’s greatest orchestral composers. That Koechlin’s unique style was also exhibited in his many works for piano, has until recently been overlooked. Michael Korstick brings all his usual artistry and musicianship to these delightful pieces.

“Slight they may be, but all are pieces of a very specific and refined sensibility; the almost childlike simplicity of some of the writing belies its technical difficulty...[Korstick's] performances have exactly the quiet authority and poetry this elusive music needs. He also supplies the fascinating and informative sleeve notes to this immaculately presented disc.” The Guardian, 7th November 2008 ***

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Koechlin: Chamber Music With Flute

Koechlin: Chamber Music With Flute

The Music of a Magician


Koechlin:

Sonata for two flutes Op. 75

Epitaphe de Jean Harlow Op. 164

Trio for 2 flutes and clarinet, Op. 91

2 Nocturnes, Op. 32

Sonatine Modale, Op. 155a

Morceau de Lecture for flute & piano Op. 218

Suite en quatuor, Op.55


Christina Singer (Flute), Tatjana Ruhland (Flute), members of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Haenssler Classic is proud to announce the latest volume in their survey of the music of Charles Koechlin. Born on 27 November 1867 in Paris, Koechlin came from a large family full of inventors, engineers, industrialists and artists. Koechlin attained his inimitable musical style in the period after 1910, predominantly through his chamber music, which is characterised by its fluid polytonality and its break with traditional harmony. During his extremely creative period from 1910 until 1921, he composed almost 50 works. His piano cycle »Les Heures persanes« op. 65 (1913-19; orchestral version 1921) and

Piano Quintet op. 80 (1908-21), assured Koechlin his place in the French musical avant-garde. The current recital presents a colorful a 50-year overview of Koechlin’s sinuous and utterly Gallic style. The present recording contains TWO World Premieres!

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Koechlin: Chansons Bretonnes Op. 115 Book One, etc.

Debussy:

Cello Sonata

Koechlin:

Chansons Bretonnes Op. 115 Book One

Sonate pour violoncelle et piano Op. 66 (1917)


Peter Bruns (cello); Roglit Ishay (piano)

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Koechlin: La course de printemps Op. 95, etc.

Koechlin:

La course de printemps Op. 95

from 'The Jungle Book'

Le buisson ardent Op. 203 & 171

Symphonic poem after an episode from 'Jean-Christophe'


“The influence of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book on Koechlin was profound and La course deprintemps, which gestated over a very long period, was the finest of the tone poems he gathered together under the composite title Le livre de lajungle. Although the events depicted are certainly connected with the character and life of Mowgli, the music itself is above all evocative of the jungle itself, its exotically humid atmosphere and unpredictable bursts of violence and animal energy. The underlying sinister ambience is balanced by a Ravelian sensuality (there's even is a hint of Daphnis in the dawn evocation of the opening), while the mysteriously gentle but lustrous string monody which closes the work is other-worldly in its vision of a voluptuous moonlit spring night.
Koechlin's scoring is headily brilliant and one is engulfed in its rich panoply, so that for all the music's ecclecticism, it has a life and individuality of its own.
Le buisson ardent makes an ideal coupling. An evocation of rebirth – at times passionately intense in the strings, but with the ondes martenot later used to represent the ethereal voice of the reborn spirit. The work climaxes with a lusciously positive affirmation, but closes gently and rapturously. A superb introduction to Koechlin's exotic sound-world.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Koechlin: Le Docteur Fabricius

Koechlin: Le Docteur Fabricius


Koechlin:

Le Docteur Fabricius

Vers la voûte étoilée


“Much of Koechlin's highly individual orchestral music remains unexplored: indeed, both works here are premiere recordings. Before he became a composer, Koechlin wanted to be an astronomer and his fascination with the 'starry firmament', and the dream-world it evoked, is sensuously created in the arch-like structure of Vers la voûteétoilée ('Towards the vault of stars'). Written in the early 1920s and revised in 1939, this demonstrates the composer's exotic sound-world in a nocturnal piece that doesn't outstay its welcome.
The stars in the heavens return in Le DocteurFabricius, written 1941-4, a more ambitious, large-scale symphonic poem with a philosophical underlay, based on a short story by the composer's uncle. The narrative describes a visit to the mysterious house in which the nihilistic Doctor Fabricius has cut himself off from the world.
After an austere opening, dolorous chorales symbolise the philosophical disillusion, interrupted by a strident, fugal revolt and interwoven with moments of sadness. A powerfully scored chorale suggests that human hope always re-emerges.
The visitor looks out to the starry firmament (the ondes martenot-rich scoring suggests Messiaen) and then, in a passage of radiant exultation, the spirit of Ravel hovers over the music to evoke the consolation of Nature. After an explosion of joy the music returns to the serene, withdrawn evocation of the opening.
Koechlin's powers as an orchestrator ensure his vision is powerfully communicated. Heinz Holliger is very much at home here, and the Stuttgart Radio orchestra play most responsively.
The recording is full and atmospheric, though one ideally needs a more voluptuous ambience. But this is well worth trying.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Koechlin - Les Bandar-log & Offrande musicale

Koechlin - Les Bandar-log & Offrande musicale


Koechlin:

Les Bandar-log (Scherzo des singes), Op. 176

Offrande musicale - A Homage to Bach, Op. 187


This is the latest release in the critically acclaimed Koechlin series and is the World Premiere Recording of A Homage to Bach. This is an intense work and requires an orchestra of more than 100 musicians although the scoring is surprisingly very chamber-like and transparent. Koechlin was the master of orchestral nuance.

“Koechlin's score [Les Bandar-Log] touches on a range of early 20th-century styles, from Debussyan impressionism to 12-note technique, but somehow welds all the tongue-in-cheek references into a dazzling whole.” The Guardian, 16th October 2009 ****

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Koechlin: Les Heures Persanes, Op. 65

Koechlin: Les Heures Persanes, Op. 65


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Koechlin: Les Heures Pesanes

Koechlin: Les Heures Pesanes

Piano Works Volume 2


Koechlin:

Les Heures Persanes, Op. 65


This is a challenging piece both harmonically and in terms of notation. In his notes Korstick writes; “But once you have become familiar with Koechlin’s language and its instrumental vocabulary, you literally hold an admission ticket to a magic musical garden in your hands”

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Koechlin: Music For Clarinet

Koechlin: Music For Clarinet


Koechlin:

Clarinet Sonata No 1, Op. 85

Clarinet Sonata No 2 in B flat major, Op. 86

Les confidences d'un joueur de clarinette, Op. 141

Idyll

Deux Monodies

4 Pieces for Clarinet and Piano


Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Rudolf König (Clarinet), Johanna Busch (Cello),

Gunter Teuffel (Viola), Sybille Mahni Haas (French Horn), Florian Henschel (Piano)

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Koechlin - Vocal Works With Orchestra

Koechlin - Vocal Works With Orchestra


Fauré:

Chanson de Melisande

(orch. Koechlin)

Koechlin:

Chant funebre a la memoire des jeunes femmes defuntes, Op.37

Deux Poemes Symphoniques, Op.43

Quatre Poemes d'Edmond Haraucourt, Op.7

Poemes d'Automne, Op.13

Deux Poemes d'Andre Chenier, Op.23

Trois Melodies, Op.17

Etudes antiques, Op.46

Six Melodies sur des poesies d'Albert Samain, Op.31


Eight World Premieres of Music by Charles Koechlin on this recording of his vocal works with orchestra in the ongoing complete Koechlin recording project. Heinz Holliger arguably the world’s top oboist takes up the baton.

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - February 2006

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2007

Premiere Recording Award

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