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An iconic record, this collection of two well-known (Debussy, Ravel) and two rarities (Roussel, Ropartz) of the chamber music repertoire was issued in both its LP and CD incarnations to great acclaim. It was recorded in the unusually spacious acoustic of Walthamstow Assembly Hall and its late producer, Ray Minshull, provides an amusing recollection of the genesis of this now legendary recording.
"The Melos Ensemble is extremely sensitive to the nuances and rubatos of the music, produces some lovely tone, and succeeds in making the work hold together..." Gramophone.
Ravel: Introduction Et Allegro
Debussy: Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe: I. Pastorale
Debussy: Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe: II. Interlude
Debussy: Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe: III. Finale
Roussel: Sérénade: I. Allegro
Roussel: Sérénade: II. Andante
Roussel: Sérénade: III. Presto
Ropartz: Prélude, marine et chanson: I. Prélude
Ropartz: Prélude, marine et chanson: II. Marine
Ropartz: Prélude, marine et chanson: III. Chanson
“A desert island disc if ever there was one! The ethereal Debussy sonata and the equally heavenly Ravel Introduction and Allegro receive immaculate performances that have not been surpassed since the present record appeared in the early 1960s...Inspired playing and beautifully balanced recorded sound.”
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