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Roussel: Complete Chamber Music

Release Date: 01/08/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 8413   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Albert Roussel
Performer:  Jet RölingJean-Jacques KantorowHerre-Jan StegengaHerman Jeurissen,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 16 Mins. 

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ROUSSEL Chamber Music (complete) Irene Maessen (sop); 1 Jet Röling (pn); 2 Jean-Jacques Kantorow (vn); 3 Janneke van der Meer (vn); 4 Herre-Jan Stegenga (vc); 5 Viola de Hoog (vc); 6 Henk Guittart (va); Read more class="SUPER12">7 Quirijn van Regteren Altena (db); 8 Schönberg Qrt; 9 Paul Verhey (fl, 10 pic 11 ); Hans Roerade (ob); 12 Frank van den Brink (cl); 13 Herman Jeurissen (hn); 14 Jos de Lange (bn); 15 Erika Waardenburg (hp); 16 Jan Goudswaard (gtr) 17 BRILLIANT 8413 (3 CDs: 198:58)

Piano Trio in E?, op. 2. 2,3,5 Divertissement, op. 6. 2,10,12,13,14,15 Violin Sonatas: No. 1 in d, op. 11; No. 2, op. 28. 2,3 Impromptu, op. 21. 16 2 poèmes de Ronsard, op. 26. 1,10 Joueurs de flûte, op. 27. 2,10 Segovia, op. 29. 7 Sérénade, op. 30. 4,6,7,10,16 Duo. 8,15 Aria No. 2. 2,12 Trio, op. 40. 5,7,10 String Quartet, op. 45. 9 Andante and Scherzo, op. 51. 2,10 Pipe. 2,11 String Trio, op. 58. 4,6,7 Elpénor, op. 59. 9,10 Andante 12,13,15

While flautists have kept the Joueurs de flûte on the fringe of the repertoire, and harpists, likewise, the Impromptu, Roussel’s chamber music has not been embraced by musicians as has Debussy’s or Ravel’s, though his works afford comparable and more varied satisfactions. Nor has Roussel lacked for superb performances, but they crop up only one or two a decade and tend to vanish with disconcerting rapidity. Hence, the present collection, issued originally by Olympia in the mid 1990s, has proven—and continues to prove—more serviceable than it might if some of the classic Roussel performances had commanded some longevity. On the plus side, there’s the undeniable fascination of following Roussel’s compositional unfolding through the collection’s chronological arrangement. But doing so, LP collectors will ruefully recall electrifying performances of the Sérénade, op. 30, the Trio with flute, op. 40, and the Impromptu for harp by Marie-Claire Jamet and her ensemble from, I’ll guess, circa 1970 (Harmonia Mundi France 735), or the Loewenguth Quartet’s tautly knowing tilt at the String Quartet on 10-inch Decca 4026, from the 1950s. The Via Nova Quartet’s sensuous yet rhythmically pointed account was recently reissued—with their Chausson and Magnard String Quartets—on Apex 61368, providing another illustration that the good is the enemy of the best. Where the Schönberg Quartet is crisp, brisk, incisive, and facelessly arid, the Via Nova evinces warmth and nuance, revealing expressive riches proffered with engaging bonhomie.

For those willing to take some trouble, a couple of out-of-print items bear mention. The Groupe Instrumental de Paris, from 1987, outperforms Brilliant’s line-up in the Impromptu, Trio with flute, Deux poèmes (deriving straightforward expressiveness from the bizarre combination of voice and flute), Divertissement, Elpénor , the Adagio from the unfinished Trio for Winds, and includes Le marchand de sable qui passe , for chamber ensemble—that is, the delightful Sandman (Adda 581064, Fanfare 11:6). The Sandman also heads the Czech Nonet’s 1995 program—Impromptu, Sérénade, Duo for bassoon and double bass, Divertissement, and the Trio with flute—whose close capture in splashy ambient sound combines geniality and warmth with crackle, buzz, and hum aswarm with the Roussellian sublime (Praga 250 089, given an enthusiastic thumbs-up by myself and John Wiser—who quite often was enthusiastic—in Fanfare 19:5). Perhaps French amazon.com has a line on these. Still available, a flute recital by Gaby Pas van Riet offers a scintillant Joueurs de flûte , the Aria, and the Andante and Scherzo to overtop the Brilliant competition (SACD Hera 2111, Fanfare 29:2). Meanwhile, Brilliant’s collection features closely detailed sound, availability, a tempting price, Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s winning performances in the Violin Sonatas (worth the set’s price), and, as usual with intégrals , a mixed bag.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings, Op. 2 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Jet Röling (Piano), Jean-Jacques Kantorow (Violin), Herre-Jan Stegenga (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902/1927; France 
Divertimento for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 6 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Herman Jeurissen (French Horn), Jos De Lange (Bassoon), Jet Röling (Piano),
Hans Roerade (Oboe), Frank Van den Brink (Clarinet), Paul Verhey (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; France 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 11 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow (Violin), Jet Röling (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Impromptu for Harp, Op. 21 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Erika Waardenburg (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Počmes (2) de Ronsard, Op. 26 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Paul Verhey (Flute), Irene Maessen (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Paris, France 
Joueurs de flűte, Op. 27 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Jet Röling (Piano), Paul Verhey (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 28 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Jet Röling (Piano), Jean-Jacques Kantorow (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
Serenade for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Harp, Op. 30 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Erika Waardenburg (Harp), Paul Verhey (Flute), Janneke Van der Meer (Violin),
Henk Guittart (Viola), Viola de Hoog (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
Duo for Bassoon and Cello/Double Bass by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Jos De Lange (Bassoon), Quirijn Van Regteren Altena (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
Aria for Oboe and Piano no 2 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Hans Roerade (Oboe), Jet Röling (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Trio for Flute, Viola and Cello, Op. 40 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Paul Verhey (Flute), Henk Guittart (Viola), Herre-Jan Stegenga (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; France 
Quartet for Strings, Op. 45 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Janneke Van der Meer (Violin), Wim de Jong (Violin), Henk Guittart (Viola),
Viola de Hoog (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Andante and Scherzo for Flute and Piano, Op. 51 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Paul Verhey (Flute), Jet Röling (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; France 
Pipe by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Paul Verhey (Piccolo), Jet Röling (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Trio for Strings, Op. 58 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Viola de Hoog (Cello), Henk Guittart (Viola), Janneke Van der Meer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Elpénor, Op. 59 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Henk Guittart (Viola), Viola de Hoog (Cello), Janneke Van der Meer (Violin),
Paul Verhey (Flute), Wim de Jong (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; France 
Andante for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Jos De Lange (Bassoon), Frank Van den Brink (Clarinet), Hans Roerade (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 

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