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Autour de la Harpe / Montreal Chamber Players


Release Date: 05/01/2006 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22356   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Albert RousselJoseph Guy RopartzClaude DebussyMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Performer:  Marianne DugalBrian MankerJonathan CrowJennifer Swartz,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Chambristes de MontrealMontreal Chamber Players
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is one very beautiful disc of chamber music with harp. The three big works are Roussel's magnificent, sweet-and-sour Sérénade for flute, harp, and string trio, followed by Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola, and harp, and concluding with Koechlin's evocative and sadly neglected Quintet (for the same forces as the Roussel). In between, the Ropartz and Ravel pieces serve as delectable "palate cleansers". The performances, by members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, are uniformly outstanding, from the alternately spiky and lyrical Roussel to the gossamer textures of the Debussy. These players understand, particularly in the elusive latter work, the need to relax and revel in the music's sheer sonority, but never Read more to the point that lethargy sets in.


Special praise must go to harpist Jennifer Swartz, whose rich tone blends beautifully with her partners, and who plays with an absolute minimum of "twang" and extraneous performance noise. Flutist Timothy Hutchins also does quite well, but the very close microphone placement emphasizes a slight "beat" in his upper register. Indeed, my only complaint concerns the engineering, which not only puts the players under a microscope (happily they can withstand the scrutiny) but also robs the music of some of its inherent atmosphere. No matter: the program is so attractively chosen and played that you quickly forgive this sole lapse in judgment. Highly recommended! [7/7/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Serenade for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Harp, Op. 30 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Marianne Dugal (Violin), Brian Manker (Cello), Jonathan Crow (Violin),
Jennifer Swartz (Harp), Timothy Hutchins (Flute), Neal Gripp (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Chambristes de Montreal,  Montreal Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. Prélude, marine et chanson by Joseph Guy Ropartz
Performer:  Marianne Dugal (Violin), Timothy Hutchins (Flute), Jonathan Crow (Violin),
Brian Manker (Cello), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Chamber Players,  Les Chambristes de Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jennifer Swartz (Harp), Timothy Hutchins (Flute), Neal Gripp (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Chamber Players,  Les Chambristes de Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Length: 17 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4. Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Brian Manker (Cello), Neal Gripp (Viola), Jennifer Swartz (Harp),
Robert Crowley (Clarinet), Jonathan Crow (Violin), Marianne Dugal (Violin),
Timothy Hutchins (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Chamber Players,  Les Chambristes de Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5. Quintet for Flute, Harp, Violin, Viola and Cello no 2, Op. 223 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Neal Gripp (Viola), Timothy Hutchins (Flute), Jennifer Swartz (Harp),
Jonathan Crow (Violin), Brian Manker (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; France 
6. Quintet for Flute, Harp, Violin, Viola and Cello no 2, Op. 223 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Neal Gripp (Viola), Brian Manker (Cello), Timothy Hutchins (Flute),
Jonathan Crow (Violin), Marianne Dugal (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Chambristes de Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; France 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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 Very good August 28, 2012 By H. deLatorre (Sao Paulo, São Paulo) See All My Reviews "Everything was good. The CD is amazing. The record quality and the musicians are really excellent. The shipping was in time, as expected." Report Abuse
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