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Debussy: Sonate, Syrinx, Chansons De Bilitis, Etc / Bernold, Moretti, Causse, Jacob

Debussy / Bernold / Dufour / Causse
Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501647  
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Philippe BernoldIsabelle MorettiGérard CausséIrène Jacob,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...The high point of this disc is a beautifully sensitive performance of Debussy's elusive late sonata, a "terribly sad" work according to the composer himself, but also containing in its latter two movements an uneasy kind of high spirits born of desperation. The opening and close of the first movement provide two of those haunting moments at which French composers seem to excel. Philippe Rernold, until recently first flute of the Lyon National Opera, is a player of delicate, refined tone whose descents to the edge of sound are hypnotic in their effect; and with his two partners the performance rivals those recordings I have hitherto cherished as yardsticks for the sonata - the classic Melos of 1962 and the Nash of 1991. Read more Bernold captures the spirit of rapture in Syrinx (where his long, controlled diminuendos and his use of pauses are notable), which is heard both in its usual form as an unaccompanied solo and as it was originally intended, as incidental music to a play, Psyche..."

- Gramophone (July, 1998. From review of the original release on Harmonia Mundi)
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Philippe Bernold (Flute), Isabelle Moretti (Harp), Gérard Caussé (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Syrinx by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Irène Jacob (Spoken Vocals), Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Written: 1913 pub 1927 
Chansons de Bilitis for Speaker and Chamber Ensemble by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Isabelle Moretti (Harp), Philippe Bernold (Flute), Germaine Lorenzini (Harp),
Irène Jacob (Spoken Vocals), Ariane Jacob (Celesta), Mathieu Dufour (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Philippe Bernold (Flute), Ariane Jacob (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 

Sound Samples

Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe: I. Pastorale. Lento, dolce rubato
Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe: II. Interlude. Tempo di Minuetto
Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe: III. II. Interlude. Tempo di Minuetto
La Flûte de Pan (Syrinx), pour flûte seule
Prélude à l?après-midi d?un faune
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 Mnasidica
Les Chansons de Bilitis: XII. La Pluie au matin
La Flûte de Pan (Syrinx), version originale avec récitante

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