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Dans La Nuit / Nicola Jurgensen, Matthias Kirschenereit

Jurgensen / Kirschnereit / Faure / Poulenc / Hahn
Release Date: 06/19/2012 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 853121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréFrancis PoulencReynaldo HahnJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Nicola JurgensenMatthias Kirschnereit
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Few instruments are as adept as the clarinet at imitating the sound of the human voice in its whole range of vocal expression. This has been especially true since the Romantic period: time and again composers have had recourse to the clarinet whenever they wanted to evoke an emotional – but unsentimental – mood or to create the sort of atmosphere of dreamy otherworldliness that is associated with the hours of twilight: here one thinks especially of Carl Maria von Weber in Germany and of Berlioz in France.

Nicola Jurgensen goes a step further – “into the night” – in her present programme, Dans la nuit, which takes its title from a song by Reynaldo Hahn. The clarinettist, who has appeared as a soloist with many leading European
Read more orchestras, while also making a name for herself as a chamber recitalist at international music festivals such as Risør and Lockenhaus, has adapted these 19th- and early 20th- century French works for her instrument and recorded them with the pianist Matthias Kirschnereit. Well-known and lesser-known songs by Berlioz, Hahn, Fauré and Poulenc feature here alongside more dramatic and virtuoso pieces. The result of this unexpected instrumental union is a living impression of the Paris salons of the belle epoque, captured in stylish interpretations.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
2.
Léocadia: Les chemins de l'amour by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; France 
3.
Les fontaines by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
4.
L'enamourée by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
5.
Fêtes galantes by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
6.
Dans la nuit by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
7.
Chanson Grises: L'heure exquise by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890 
8.
A Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; France 
9.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
10.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
11.
Fantasie brillante for Flute and Piano on Bizet's Carmen by François Borne
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
12.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Nicola Jurgensen (Clarinet), Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 

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