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Cras: Flute, Harp & Strings / Hurel, Langlamet, Graffin, Silva, Demarquette

Cras / Hurel / Langlamet / Graffin / Da Silva
Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Timpani   Catalog #: 1179   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Cras
Performer:  Miguel Da SilvaPhilippe GraffinHenri DemarquetteMarie-Pierre Langlamet,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sumptuously lyrical performances match music for which these artists might well have been made.

No half measures from Timpani. When they adopt a composer the chances are they will record everything. So it is with Jean Cras and his tenderly passionate and often Ravel-like music. This is their ninth Cras volume and it encompasses works from the four years 1925-28. The harvest is a prime grand cru.

I feared that his 1926 String Trio might have been rather antiseptic - even academic. No such thing. This is an emotionally surging work striking home with glancing gestures towards the Ravel String Quartet and the 1910s chamber music of Herbert Howells. This is a superbly lush folk-impressionistic work.
Read more From the year before comes the two harp Impromptus the first of which strikes me as more nordic-bardic than Gallic impressionistic. The second has more brio and a broader sweeter endearment. They're both magical. The 1927 suite for harp and flute is in three tightly concise little movements. These are more Mediterranean pan-classical with a delicious Modéré (II). The Quintet for harp, flute and strings is gloriously immersed in sun-ripened melody and ripely roseate lyricism. The third movement is touching like the shade of a lover caressing the one left behind. half in sun and half in shadow.

If you enjoy the Ravel Introduction and Allegro, the Bax Harp Quintet and the chamber music writing of Ropartz, Delage and Howells’ Piano Quartet this is for you. Sumptuously lyrical performances match music for which these artists might well have been made.

Michel Fleury wrote the liner-notes.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Trio for Strings by Jean Cras
Performer:  Miguel Da Silva (Viola), Philippe Graffin (Violin), Henri Demarquette (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926 
Impromptus (2) by Jean Cras
Performer:  Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
Quintet for Flute, Harp and Strings by Jean Cras
Performer:  Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Harp), Miguel Da Silva (Viola), Philippe Graffin (Violin),
Henri Demarquette (Cello), Juliette Hurel (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
Suite en duo for Flute and Harp by Jean Cras
Performer:  Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Harp), Juliette Hurel (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 

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