London Conchord Ensemble
Loeffler, Durufle, Pierné
- Type CD
- Label Champs Hill
- UPC 5060212590114
- Catalog number CHRCD 010
- Release date 01 September 2010
About the album
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 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 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 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, a finesse that perfectly communicates this exquisite selection of music.
11Sonata Da Camera: Prélude
12Sonata Da Camera: Sarabande
13Sonata Da Camera: Finale
14Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Violin & Piano: L'étang
15Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Violin & Piano: La cornemuse
16Five Songs for Voice, Violin & Piano: Rêverie en sourdine
17Five Songs for Voice, Violin & Piano: Le rossignol
18Five Songs for Voice, Violin & Piano: Harmonie du soir
19Five Songs for Voice, Violin & Piano: La lune blanche
110Five Songs for Voice, Violin & Piano: La chanson des Ingénues
111Prélude, Récitatif et Variations