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Koechlin: Chamber Music / Korstick, Ruhland, Altmann


Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 19047  
Composer:  Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk AltmannFlorian HenschelBarbara HankMichael Baumann,   ... 
Number of Discs: 7 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


What a delicious collection this is! Take a moment and listen to the opening of the imposing, half-hour long Viola Sonata’s third movement. A simple sounding melody gradually descends in steps, from the viola’s highest register to its lowest. Underneath, the piano plays a series of gentle chords, increasingly strange, until both players ease into a dreamy cadence, as unexpected as it sounds inevitable (sound clip). There’s no other music quite like it, and this seven-disc set provides hours of Koechlin’s evocative, sometimes haunting, sometimes angular, instrumental explorations.

There are formal sonatas for clarinet (2), flute, two flutes, oboe, bassoon, viola, cello, and six
Read more sonatinas for solo piano. You get works for intriguing instrumental combinations: Trio for Two Flutes and Clarinet; Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon; Modal Sonatina for Flute and Clarinet; Funeral Monument for Three Flutes. There are pieces of striking originality for solo woodwind, such as Monodies for Solo Clarinet, and the imposing (22 minute) Suite for Solo English Horn. And of course, Koechlin has to pay tribute to his beloved film stars: Epitaphe de Jean Harlow; The Portrait of Daisy Hamilton; Dances for Ginger (Rogers); and two volumes of L’Album de Lilian (Harvey).

Koechlin’s acute harmonic sense made him a sensational miniaturist, able to pack a world of expression into a very tiny space. The collections of small pieces in this set are particular treasures, works such as The Confidences of a Clarinet Player, Fourteen Pieces for clarinet and piano, Twenty Breton Songs for cello and piano (sound clip), Paysages et marines for solo piano, The Old Country House for the same, and the great piano cycle Les Heures persanes (The Persian Hours), a work that he later scored for large forces, and which you can also hear in the companion box of orchestral pieces.

Suffice it to say that the performances are all expert and loving, with special kudos going to pianist Michael Korstick, clarinetist Dirk Altmann, and flutist Tatjana Ruhland. Most of these players are members of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, and a fine group they are. This connoisseur’s project, appearing in tandem with the exceptional series of large orchestral works conducted by Heinz Holliger, represents the kind of venture that only organizations such as German radio could afford to produce. This they have done with singular pride and care, as the lavishly complete and expanded booklet notes prove. A true event.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano no 1, Op. 85 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Florian Henschel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
2.
Les confidences d'un joueur de clarinette, Op. 141 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
3.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano no 2, Op. 86 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Florian Henschel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
4.
Pieces (14) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 178 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Florian Henschel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942 
5.
Monodies (11), Op. 216: La Faune by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1947-1948 
6.
Monodies (11), Op. 216: Le Soir by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1947-1948 
7.
Monodies (11), Op. 216: La Mer aux bruits innombrables by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1947-1948 
8.
Monodies (11), Op. 216: La Chasse d'Artémis by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1947-1948 
9.
Monodies (11), Op. 216: no 10, Le Repos de Tityre by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1947-1948 
10.
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 52 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Barbara Hank (Flute), Michael Baumann (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; France 
11.
Divertissement for 2 Flutes and Alto Flute/Clarinet, Op. 91 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Christina Singer (Flute), Tatjana Ruhland (Flute), Dirk Altmann (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
12.
Suite en quatuor for Flute, Viola, Violin and Piano, Op. 55 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Ingrid Philippi (Viola), Tatjana Ruhland (Flute), Mila Georgieva (Violin),
Yaara Tal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
13.
Trio for Flute/Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon in G major, Op. 92 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Tatjana Ruhland (Flute), Libor Síma (Bassoon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
14.
Sonata for 2 Flutes, Op. 75 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Tatjana Ruhland (Flute), Christina Singer (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
15.
Nocturnes (2) for Flute, Horn and Piano/Harp, Op. 32bis by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Joachim Bansch (Horn), Tatjana Ruhland (Flute), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
16.
Sonatine modale for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 155a by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Tatjana Ruhland (Flute), Dirk Altmann (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
17.
Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton pour clarinette et piano: Gaîment, sur la route, au soleil (d' après L by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Mako Okamoto (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1938 
18.
Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton pour clarinette et piano: Romance (pour Marie-Christine, en revenant d by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Mako Okamoto (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1938 
19.
Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton pour clarinette et piano: Le Chant de la mer (mouvement du final de ma by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Mako Okamoto (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1938 
20.
Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton pour clarinette et piano: Grâce insoucieuse by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Mako Okamoto (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1938 
21.
Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton pour clarinette et piano: Autre Danse by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Mako Okamoto (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1938 
22.
Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton pour clarinette et piano: Marche dans les sentiers de la nuit by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Mako Okamoto (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1938 
23.
Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton pour clarinette et piano: Berceuse nocturne by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Mako Okamoto (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1938 
24.
Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton pour clarinette et piano: "Je veux..." by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Dirk Altmann (Clarinet), Mako Okamoto (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1938 
25.
Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 58 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Alexander Ott (Oboe), Hans-Georg Gaydoul (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1916; France 
26.
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 71 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Eckart Hubner (Bassoon), Inge-Susann Romhild (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; France 
27.
Suite for English Horn, Op. 185 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Lajos Lencsés (English Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 
28.
Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 53 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Paul Pesthy (Viola), Chia Chou (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1915; France 
29.
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Peter Bruns (Cello), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
30.
Chansons (20) bretonnes for Cello and Piano, Op. 115 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Peter Bruns (Cello), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; France 
31.
Sonatinas (4) for Piano, Op. 87 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; France 
32.
Premier album de Lilian, Op. 139 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
33.
Paysages et marines for Piano, Op. 63 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; France 
34.
Second album de Lillian, Op. 149 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
35.
Les heures persanes for Piano, Op. 65 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1919; France 
36.
Danses (5) pour Ginger Rogers, Op. 163 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937/1939; France 
37.
Sonatinas (5) for Piano, Op. 59: no 3 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
38.
L'ancienne maison de campagne, Op. 124 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; France 
39.
Sonatinas (5) for Piano, Op. 59: no 2 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
40.
Esquisses (12) for piano, Series 1, Op. 41/1 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1905-1915 

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