French Chamber Music

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French Chamber Music



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27th July 2009




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French Chamber Music


Quintet for flute, string trio & harp

Pierné, G:

Variations libres et Finale, Op. 51


Sérénade for flute, string trio & harp, Op. 30

Schmitt, F:

Suite en Rocaille, Op. 84


Suite for flute violin viola cello and harp, Op.34

Mirage Quintet



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The five composers on this disc share the clarity and refinement, brio and wit, and subtle sensuality that permeate French music written between the Franco-Prussian and Second World Wars.

Each found in literature, the visual arts and the music of Debussy and Ravel touchstones for their own compositions, while expressing their individual personalities.

Refinement and pellucid textures characterise Tournier’s Suite; vigour, elegance and passion Schmitt’s.

Françaix’s Quintet, much-loved for its charm and delicacy, matches Roussel’s neo-classical Serenade and complements Pierné’s virtuosic and translucently scored Variations.

Marcel Tournier: Suite, Op. 34

I. Soir

II. Danse

III. Lied

IV. Fete

Florent Schmitt: Suite en rocaille, Op. 84

I. Sans hate

II. Anime

III. Sans lenteur

IV. Vif

Gabriel Pierne: Variations libres et final, Op. 51

Variations libres et final, Op. 51

Jean Francaix: Quintet

I. Andante tranquillo

II. Scherzo

III. Andante

IV. Rondo

Albert Roussel: Serenade, Op. 30

I. Allegro

II. Andante

III. Presto

Gramophone Magazine

January 2010

“All this alternately thoughtful and exuberant music is played with great care and authority by the Mirage Quintet who never mistake a term such as animé for fast. Brilliantly alive to their challenge, they have been well recorded.”

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