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Debussy: Syrinx; Ravel, Prokofiev /Pahud, Kovacevich, Et Al

Release Date: 06/06/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 5569822   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice RavelSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Emmanuel PahudStephen KovacevichTruls Otterbech MorkKatarina Karnéus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nominated for the 2000 Gramophone magazine award for "Best Chamber Recording."


Despite the distinguished contributions of singer, cellist and pianist, this disc quite rightly focuses on the extraordinary flute-playing of Emmanuel Pahud

Pahud's range of tone colour is amazing - no one listening to the Prokofiev Sonata is likely to feel short-changed by not hearing it in its familiar violin transcription, and in 'Aoua!', the central song of Ravel's Chansons madecasses, Pahud gets closer than most flautists to playing, as the composer directs, 'like a trumpet'. His dynamic range is still more startling, if anything (it isn't often that I've had to get up to adjust the volume
Read more control during a flute recital) but there is never any sense of him extending the instrument beyond its nature, of forcing it to do un-flute-like things.

Katarina Karneus, by the way, whose clean French diction and wide range are so well suited to the Ravel (the Chansons madecasses ideally demand a mezzo who is also a soprano, or vice versa) is not heard elsewhere in this collection. The Chansons de Bilitis recorded here are not Debussy's set of three songs nor, strictly speaking, his incidental music for a stage entertainment based on Pierre Louys's poems. It is the Six epigraphes antiques (for piano duet or two pianos) that Debussy based on that stage music which have been transcribed for flute and piano by Karl Lenski. The flute is either evoked or deliberately imitated throughout the Epigraphes (the stage music was scored for two flutes with harps and celeste) and it seems, especially when played this beautifully, a permissible and appropriate addition to the flautist's repertoire. To which the Prokofiev Sonata is, of course, central, and Pahud gives it a big, bold and vivid reading, but with nothing overstated in the lyrical dialogues of the opening movement or the warmly expressive Andante. The recording is a little close but richly colourful.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

Syrinx by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Written: 1913 pub 1927 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Chansons madécasses by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello), Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano), Stephen Kovacevich (Piano),
Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Sonata for Flute and Piano in D major, Op. 94 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute), Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Epigraphes antiques (6) by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano), Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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