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D'indy: Musique De Chambre / Luxembourg Po Soloists, Et Al

Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Timpani   Catalog #: 1119   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
Performer:  Markus BrönnimannMartin HuberAdam RixerJean-Philippe Vivier,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra soloistsLouvigny String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

D’INDY Suite, “Dans le style ancien.” 1 Chanson et danses. 2 Piano Quintet in g. 3 Suite en parties 4 Markus Brönnimann (fl); 1,2,4 Haoxing Liang (vn); 1,4 Martin Huber (fl); 1 Adam Rixer Read more (tpt); 1 Francisca Kuhn (vn); 1 Philippe Gonzales (ob); 2 Olivier Darteville (cl); 2 Jean-Philippe Vivier (fl); 2 David Zattler (bn); 2 François Baptiste (bn); 2 Marc Bouchard (hn); 2 François Kerdoncuff (pn); 3 Quatuor Louvigny; 3 Catherine Beynon (hp); 4 Ilan Schneider (va); 4 Ilja Laporev (vc) 4 TIMPANI 1119 (69:45)

Every decade or so d’Indy is rediscovered and given a small revival—the CD era has seen all the chamber works of note turn up, though you had to be quick to catch them. His appeal has largely been to connoisseurs and lovers of the recherché largely because he is not a great melodist—the evergreen Symphony on a French Mountain Air apart, there is little in his music that seizes you by the hair. But he can take a scrap of musical small change and develop it with such unflagging resourcefulness and passionate logic that one has the conviction of hearing an unqualified masterpiece, which, in a literal sense, one is. When large infusions of the family fortune transformed the Schola Cantorum from a choral society devoted to the revival of Renaissance polyphony to a music school rivaling the Paris Conservatoire in the mid 1890s, d’Indy wrote the course—a monument of erudition. The enormous skill suggested cut both ways. The String Quartet No. 2, for instance (once available in a performance by the Kodaly Quartet, marco polo 8.223140, Fanfare 14: 2), a substantial, Beethovenian work composed in 1897 and playing around half-an-hour, is almost wholly based on a four-note motto—a tour de force in which ingenuity strives indefatigably against aridity.

On the other hand, the works in the present program span d’Indy’s career to present him at his most smilingly accessible, rife with charm, lyricism (of a generic sort), and startling sensuous (but never sensual) beauty. From 1886, the bracingly jaunty Suite “Dans le style ancien” —a genre practiced by Alkan, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, and Magnard, among others—combines intimacy with brilliance. If the Chanson of Chanson et danses , composed in 1898, is too insistently beneath the spell of the Siegfried Idyll , the percolating Danses compensate. D’Indy’s marriage to Caroline Janson in 1920—a woman young enough to have been his daughter—worked a powerful rejuvenation evident in the works of his last dozen years. The giddy, excited Quintet for Piano and Strings from 1925, with its passionate eloquence laced with infinite tenderness and spurred by escalating ardor, is itself alone worth acquiring the album for, while the delightful 1927 Suite en parties spins the joy out in a more unbuttoned form.

In comparison with other performances available and out-of-print, the soloists from the Luxembourg Phil who perform on this release are, while never slack, more relaxed, allowing d’Indy’s many felicities, flattened in more peremptory readings, to open and glow. Sound is immediate and detailed without being either overbearing or cramped. And a small, richly informed essay by Michel Stockhem confects a final elegance. To newcomers and d’Indy aficionados alike, enthusiastically recommended.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

Suite for Trumpet, 2 Flutes and String Quartet, Op. 24 "Dans le style ancien" by Vincent D'Indy
Performer:  Markus Brönnimann (Flute), Martin Huber (Flute), Adam Rixer (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Belgium 
Notes: Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Belgium (05/2007 - 06/2007) 
Chanson et dances, Op. 50 by Vincent D'Indy
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Vivier (Clarinet), David Zattler (Bassoon), François Baptiste (Bassoon),
Olivier Dartevelle (Clarinet), Philippe Gonzales (Oboe), Marc Bouchard (French Horn),
Markus Brönnimann (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Belgium 
Notes: Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Belgium (05/2007 - 06/2007) 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 81 by Vincent D'Indy
Performer:  Philippe Koch (Violin), Aleksandr Khramouchin (Cello), Ilan Schneider (Viola),
François Kerdoncuff (Piano), Fabian Perdichizzi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louvigny String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; France 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Belgium 
Notes: Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Belgium (05/2007 - 06/2007) 
Suite en parties, Op. 91 by Vincent D'Indy
Performer:  Catherine Beynon (Harp), Markus Brönnimann (Flute), Haoxing Liang (Violin),
Ilja Laporev (Cello), Ilan Schneider (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; France 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Belgium 
Notes: Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Belgium (05/2007 - 06/2007) 

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