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Romance - Debussy, Poulenc, Saint-Saens / Richard Stoltzman


Release Date: 08/20/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60198   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyFrancis PoulencCamille Saint-SaënsErik Satie
Performer:  Richard StoltzmanNancy AllenIrma Vallecillo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The collective title suggests, perhaps, a succession of short pieces. But for many the reality will improve on that, for as well as those shorter pieces two complete sonatas are included, giving each of the varieties of enjoyment the great benefit of some contrast in style.

The two sonatas concerned are those of Poulenc and Saint-Saens. Among the lighter examples of their kind they fit the programme very well indeed and also, it seems, the performers; for Stoltzman has a style, beautifully expounded, which suits the lighter music ideally (indeed, the booklet suggests that he has also a feeling for sophisticated jazz playing, which is easy to believe; and it is a field in which I will hope to hear him one day).
Read more /> In the sonatas Stoltzman is partnered excellently by Irma Vallecillo; in the arrangements of the shorter pieces he is partnered equally excellently by the harpist, Nancy Allen. The soloist's style of playing perhaps gravitates more easily to the lighter, more romantic than to the classical. In fact, a few will think the lighter side overdone here and there (the Debussy Prelude, perhaps?): hopefully, many more will think all the music suits ideally: and especially so the Satie Gymnopedies, sounding at their very best in these arrangements."

-- Gramophone [4/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1. Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Nancy Allen (Harp), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
2. Arabesques (2) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Nancy Allen (Harp), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
3. Mouvements perpétuels (3) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Nancy Allen (Harp), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
4. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; France 
5. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 167 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
6. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Nancy Allen (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
7. Romance for Flute and Orchestra in D flat major, Op. 37 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
8. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Nancy Allen (Harp), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 

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