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Debussy, Ravel: Chamber Music / Nash Ensemble


Release Date: 05/05/1998 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 61427   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Delphine SeyrigSarah Walker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Nash Ensemble’s Debussy album, originally issued separately as Virgin 91148, was a nearly flawless thing of beauty. Recorded at a studio deep in the woods, in the late evening, even the musicians involved noted a “deep serenity” that descended on them as the night deepened. The results were performances of an almost magical feeling and calm. This is the Zen center of music-making. It simply doesn’t get any better than this. In addition to the deep feeling of the performances, they are exquisitely musical as well."

-- Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare
"The Nash Ensemble’s Debussy album, originally issued separately as Virgin 91148, was a nearly flawless thing of beauty. Recorded at a studio deep in the woods, in the late evening, even the musicians involved noted a “deep serenity” that descended on them as the night deepened. The results were performances of an almost magical feeling and calm. This is the Zen center of music-making. It simply doesn’t get any better than this. In addition to the deep feeling of the performances, they are exquisitely musical as well."

-- Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1. Syrinx by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Written: 1913 pub 1927 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
3. Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
4. Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
5. Chansons de Bilitis for Speaker and Chamber Ensemble by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Delphine Seyrig (Spoken Vocals)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
6. Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1922; France 
7. Poèmes (3) de Stéphane Mallarmé by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Sarah Walker (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
8. Chansons madécasses by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Sarah Walker (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 
9. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata in G minor: I. Allegro vivo
Violin Sonata in G minor: II. Intermède (Fantasque et léger)
Violin Sonata in G minor: III. Finale (Très animé)
Sonata for flute, viola and harp: I. Pastorale (Lento, dolce e rubato)
Sonata for flute, viola and harp: II. Interlude (Tempo di Minuetto)
Sonata for flute, viola and harp: III. Finale (Allegro moderato ma risoluto)
Syrinx
Sonata for Cello and Piano: I. Prologue. Lent
Sonata for Cello and Piano: II. Sérénade et Finale. Moderato animé
Sonata for Cello and Piano: III. Finale. Animé (Léger et nerveux)
Les Chansons de Bilitis: I. Chant pastoral
Les Chansons de Bilitis: II. Les Comparaisons
Les Chansons de Bilitis: III. Les Contes
Les Chansons de Bilitis: IV. Chanson
Les Chansons de Bilitis: V. La Partie d'osselets
Les Chansons de Bilitis: VI. Bilitis
Les Chansons de Bilitis: VII. Le Tombeau sans nom
Les Chansons de Bilitis: VIII. Les Courtisanes égyptiennes
Les Chansons de Bilitis: IX. L'Eau pure du bassin
Les Chansons de Bilitis: X. La Danseuse aux crotales
Les Chansons de Bilitis: XI. Le Souvenir de Mnasidika
Les Chansons de Bilitis: XII. La Pluie au matin
Sonata for Violin and Cello: I. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Cello: II. Très vif
Sonata for Violin and Cello: III. Lent
Sonata for Violin and Cello: IV. Vif, avec entrain
Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: I. Soupir
Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: II. Placet futile
Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: III. Surgi de la croupe et du bond
Chansons madécasses: I. Nahandove
Chansons madécasses: II. Aoua !
Chansons madécasses: III. Il est doux. de se coucher ...
Piano Trio in A minor: I. Modéré
Piano Trio in A minor: II. Pantoum: Assez vif
Piano Trio in A minor: III. Passacaille: Très large
Piano Trio in A minor: IV. Finale: Animé

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