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Musique De Chambre Française / Pascal Rogé, Cantin, Et Al


Release Date: 02/14/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 425861   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsAlbert RousselAlexandre TansmanJean Françaix,   ... 
Performer:  Pascal RogéCatherine CantinAmaury WallezAndré Cazalet,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A delectable record for anyone with Gallic tastes, though the styles of the seven works here are as diverse as they could be; and the performances are all that anyone could ask, characterized by clarity, tonal quality, precise ensemble, sensitivity and—when needed—vivacity. The most considerable work here, apart from Poulenc's Elegie on the death of Dennis Brain, which laces its broad threnody with an occasional flicker of the Puckish humour characteristic of that great player, is Milhaud's Sonata for wind trio and piano. Written in 1918 in uncompromising polytonality, it begins enchantingly in a pastoral vein which, however, is overtaken by menace, and ends in a dirge (occasioned by the wave of deaths from an epidemic of Spanish flu in Read more Rio); between these movements come two others, one with a lively chaos of conflicting keys and rhythms, the other with a frenzy of violently dissonant warring voices. The other work for this combination is the Saint-Saens, an agreeable lightweight confection with a showy piano part: I'm told that its Danish and Russian airs (the third of which is treated fugally) are unauthentic, but what does that matter? The piece was written during a Russian tour as a discreet compliment to Alexander III's Empress, who was Danish by birth.

For wind quartet and piano there are three portraits by Francaix in his usual flippant but brilliantly crafted idiom—of languishing and tottering ''vieux beaux'' with their chatter, ''pin-up girls'' with their empty-headed posing and giggling, and flighty, swaggering ''petits neveux''. The remaining three works are for wind quintet and piano: Tansman's pungent dance from an unfinished ballet; two transcriptions from an early Suite (for trumpet, two flutes and string quartet) by d'Indy—a melancholy Sarabande with expressive counterpoint and a surprisingly chirpy Minuet with a Trio permeated by an ostinato of two notes from the start of the Minuet itself; and (to my mind the most enjoyable work here) Roussel's Divertissement, which alternates between two moods—sprightly (and how infectious the playing of this is here!) and quietly seductive.'

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs for Piano and Winds, Op. 79 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano), Catherine Cantin (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
2.
Divertimento for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 6 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Amaury Wallez (Bassoon), André Cazalet (French Horn), Catherine Cantin (Flute),
Pascal Rogé (Piano), Maurice Bourgue (Oboe), Michel Portal (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; France 
3.
Le Jardin de paradis: Danse de la Sorcière by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Michel Portal (Clarinet), Amaury Wallez (Bassoon), André Cazalet (French Horn),
Catherine Cantin (Flute), Pascal Rogé (Piano), Maurice Bourgue (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
4.
L'heure du berger by Jean Françaix
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; France 
5.
Elégie for Horn and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  André Cazalet (French Horn), Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; France 
6.
Sonata for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe and Piano, Op. 47 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  André Cazalet (French Horn), Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Brazil 
7.
Sarabande and Minuet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 72 by Vincent D'Indy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; France 

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