This page lists all recordings of Prélude, Récitatif et Variations for flute, viola & piano, Op. 3, by Maurice Duruflé (1902-86) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC).
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London Conchord Ensemble play Duruflé, Loeffler & Pierné
The London Conchord Ensemble are joined on this disc by the baritone William Dazeley,
presenting a seductive collection of fascinating chamber works and songs written by three major 20th Century French chamber music composers.
Sensual and intimate, these works epitomise the music of early 20th-century France, with their fluid lines and unusual textures, sensitively captured here by Conchord. Though born in Berlin, Charles Loeffler claimed to hail from Alsace, so strongly did he identify with the French aesthetic. His Five Songs set poetry by French poets Baudelaire and Verlaine, and his musical style recalls Franck, Chausson and Debussy. Add to this a Russian sense of instrumental colour, and the result is a fascinating concoction of expressive and evocative musical elements.
Pierné's Sonata Da Camera is reminiscent of Debussy's seminal Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in its poignant colours and intricate textures, while Duruflé's Prélude Recitatif et Variations reveals a different style from that of his famous Requiem in writing that recalls Ravel.
Throughout this disc, Conchord plays with an effortless grace and flair, a finesse that perfectly communicates this exquisite selection of music.
“[Loeffler's] Five Songs (1893-4) are charming miniatures and beautifully performed by baritone William Dazeley and the London Conchord Ensemble. The rest of the disc remains in the realm of sophisticated Gallic gorgeousness” METRO, 3rd September 2010
“There is an elegiac tone to Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola and piano and tinges of regret and bliss to the voice of Dazeley, echoed by the wistfulness and caprice of the Duruflé.” The Telegraph, 2nd September 2010 ****
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Fauré and His Circle
Kathryn Thomas (flute) & Richard Shaw (piano)
“Great British Hope,” Kathryn Thomas presents a beautiful collection of flute music by Gabriel Faure and his contemporaries.
With the support of the composers Franck, Massenet, Fauré, Duparc and Saint-Saëns, the Société Nationale de Musique was set up in February 1871 to promote its distinctive symphonic and chamber music concerts. This disc presents a selection of music that featured in these concerts, many of which were premiered by France’s leading flautist at the time, Paul Taffanel. Thanks to Taffanel, a tradition of commissioning works especially for these concours began to emerge. At first the commissions were just for the flute competition but very soon, under Taffanel’s influence, new works began to be commissioned for all the wind and brass instruments.
“Kathryn Thomas plays with impeccable technique and tuning, neat phrasing, and an attractive tone. Richard Shaw is a sympathetic accompanist, and Lawrence Power's eloquent viola in the Duruflé is a real bonus.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 ****
“For her debut album, the gifted flautist Kathryn Thomas offers pieces reflective of the late-19th century "Ars Gallica" movement in French music, a rich period for flute composition largely because of the abilities of the virtuoso Paul Taffanel.” The Independent, 13th March 2009 ***
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