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French Clarinet Rhapsody

Debussy / Poulenc / Honegger / Perl / Manno
Release Date: 04/27/2010 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 114   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyFrancis PoulencFlorent SchmittDarius Milhaud,   ... 
Performer:  Alfredo PerlRalph Manno
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is a convenient recital, presenting—unusually, it turns out, in a single program—the clarinet-and-piano works of Debussy and his contemporary Florent Schmitt, plus those of the demi-Six Honegger, Milhaud, and Poulenc (the other three were Auric, Durey, and Tailleferre), who were more or less a generation younger. Despite a name that sounds as German as, say, “John Barbirolli,” clarinetist Ralph Manno is a native German, making the program all the more atypical. This disc follows soon after Oehms’s release of a two-CD set featuring Manno and Alfredo Perl in music of Brahms; both that and the present disc, however, turn out to be reissues of 1995 recordings.

Manno’s performance of Debussy’s Rhapsodie (there never was
Read more a deuxième) is languorous at first, then fluid and dynamic as the music demands. His sound, appropriately international rather than characteristically German, is attractive and well focused, and his technique and control are impressive. The aptly named Petite pièce, written as a sight-reading exercise, is smooth and expressive.

The Lorraine-born Florent Schmitt (1870–1958) should be better known; he is remembered today mostly for the extravagant, almost expressionistic La Tragédie de Salomé. The present Andantino, by contrast, is brief, modest, and perhaps even a bit sentimental...

If the composers who made up Les Six had any musical trait in common (and Milhaud, for one, denied that they did), it is a quintessentially French irreverence, even impudence. (Two of the movements of Milhaud’s sonatine are marked Très rude.) The Honegger and Milhaud sonatines were both composed in the 1920s; the former is an aphoristic work in three movements lasting only six minutes all together; Manno plays with impressive command here... The late, folksy Duo Concertant is an attractive example of Milhaud’s Provençal style; the slight Caprice, running under two minutes, serves as a sort of encore...this disc can be recommended for its overview of the core French clarinet recital repertoire."

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Works on This Recording

1. Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alfredo Perl (Piano), Ralph Manno (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
2. Petite pièce for Clarinet and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ralph Manno (Clarinet), Alfredo Perl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Venue:  Sendesaal Radio Bremen 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Ralph Manno (Clarinet), Alfredo Perl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; France 
Venue:  Sendesaal Radio Bremen 
Length: 14 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4. Andantino for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 30 no 1 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Ralph Manno (Clarinet), Alfredo Perl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Venue:  Sendesaal Radio Bremen 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5. Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 351 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Ralph Manno (Clarinet), Alfredo Perl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; France 
Venue:  Sendesaal Radio Bremen 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6. Caprice for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 335a by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Ralph Manno (Clarinet), Alfredo Perl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; France 
Venue:  Sendesaal Radio Bremen 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7. Sonatina for Cello and Piano by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Alfredo Perl (Piano), Ralph Manno (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Venue:  Sendesaal Radio Bremen 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8. Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 100 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Ralph Manno (Clarinet), Alfredo Perl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Venue:  Sendesaal Radio Bremen 
Length: 10 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Premiere rapsodie
Petite piece: Petite Piece
Clarinet Sonata: I. Allegro tristemente: Allegretto - tres calme - tempo allegretto
Clarinet Sonata: II. Romanza: Tres calme
Clarinet Sonata: III. Allegro con fuoco: Tres anime
Clarinet Sonatina: I. Modere
Clarinet Sonatina: II. Lent et soutenu
Clarinet Sonatina: III. Vif et rythmique
Andantino, Op. 30, No. 1
Clarinet Sonatina, Op. 100: I. Tres rude
Clarinet Sonatina, Op. 100: II. Lent
Clarinet Sonatina, Op. 100: III. Tres rude
Duo concertante, Op. 351
Caprice, Op. 335

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