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Durey Rediscovered: The Unpublished Song Manuscripts of Louis Durey


Release Date: 05/26/2017 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 184  
Composer:  Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn DueckWilliam BurdenSidney OutlawJesse Blumberg,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1917, French composers Louis Durey, Georges Auric, and Arthur Honegger formed the Nouveaux Jeunes under the aegis of Erik Satie which, in 1919, with the addition of Germaine Tailleferre, Francis Poulenc, and Darius Milhaud, became Les Six. Durey’s work has been relatively unexplored compared to his five colleagues. Pianist and Durey scholar Jocelyn Dueck’s efforts have gone a long way toward righting that historical imbalance. Along with several critically acclaimed vocalists, she presents here this wonderful collection of recordings of several of succinct and rich art songs, in performances from unpremiered manuscripts. Jocelyn Dueck is known for her new music interpretations on the New York City circuit, premiering and commissioning Read more works by composere Eve Beglarian, Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Corey Dargel, Matthew Schickele, Daniel Felsenfeld, Judd Greenstein, John Glover, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Libby Larsen, and more. She was a collaborator on the Billboard Chart-topper Five Borough Songbook, as well as its newly released second volume in 2017. She has served on the faculties of the Manhatten School of Music, Julliard, NYU, and Mannes: The New School for Music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigaux (6) by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), William Burden (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
2.
Lieder Romantiques (2) by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), Sidney Outlaw (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
3.
Počmes (3) de Paul Valery by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
4.
Počmes (2) d'Ho Chi Minh by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), William Burden (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
5.
Cantate de la rose et de l'amour by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), Adriana Zabala (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
6.
Stances (4) de Jean Moreas by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), William Burden (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
7.
Grčve de la faim, Op. 64 by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
8.
Une femme du sud chante, Op. 65 by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), Sidney Outlaw (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
9.
Počmes (3) de Paul Eluard by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
10.
Počmes (4) de Minuit by Louis Durey
Performer:  Jocelyn Dueck (Piano), Sidney Outlaw (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 

Customer Reviews

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 The importance of being earnest May 27, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Groupings of independent artists are sometimes, or even usually, problematic, as artistic aims diverge or individuals leave or are added. The idea of grouping together Les Six, six French composers of the early 20th century, came from the critic Henri Collet, along with the name. The group was, at least initially, under the leadership of Jean Cocteau, and there were indeed always six and only ever six members: Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric, Arthur Honegger, Germaine Tailleferre, Francis Poulenc and Louis Durey. As a group they were more or less modernist if not entirely avant garde, working in an International Style that was much more French than German, and generally not wearing their hearts on their sleeves. From my limited exposure to Durey's music - these songs along with a few piano pieces and chamber works - I would say he's a born classicist, but with more interest in the avant garde and Cocteau's schemes than some other members of the group. He's a very serious fellow, though, without the obvious sense of humour of Poulenc or Auric. Durey was a communist, and he ended up more and more involved in left-wing politics to the detriment of his significant musical skills. Nearly all of his music that I've heard shares a common characteristic: earnestness. His setting of Grève de la Faim (Hunger Strike) by the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet could hardly be otherwise, and nor could his two songs based on poems by Ho Chi Minh. Equally obvious, though, is their incredible beauty; I was completely bowled over. These songs are nearly all gems, with obvious beauties standing out right away, and others that reveal their fine qualities after a few listens. The musicians, led by pianist and Durey scholar Jocelyn Dueck, along with a team of very fine singers: baritones Jesse Blumberg and Sidney Outlaw, tenor William Burden and mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, make the best possible case for this enigmatic composer, who is perhaps to be valued much higher than he is presently." Report Abuse
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