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Loeffler - Forgotten Songs / Palmour, Lester, Chaves, Markow


Release Date: 05/19/1998 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7428   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Deidra PalmourNoel LesterNoah ChavesRoseAnn Markow
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Charles Martin Loeffler's music comes along regularly enough for periodic reexamination, though the current listings in the catalogs are slim. Of the Forgotten Songs, one of the viola sets was recorded by Mitsuko Shirai, but that's all. One or two of the orchestral pieces surface occasionally. More's the credit to the Guildford Trio (Palmour, Lester, and Chaves) for enabling us to hear some magnificent music. Nine of the songs were written with viola parts, two with (optional) parts for scordatura violin and four with just piano. The notes are by Ellen Knight, who is also the composer's biographer, and perhaps it is her familiarity with the material that allows her to assume that we are equally cognizant, which is far from being the case. Read more The amount of detective work required to establish what was published under what opus number should in fact be clearly stated for anyone reading the notes. The settings of Verlaine and Baudelaire are especially memorable, their wide-ranging tonalities always to the point, whether the popular accents of "Dansons la gigue!," the viola representing "Le son du cor s'afflige vers les bois," or the reproduction of Baudelaire's poetic quirks in "Harmonie du soir." The list could in fact encompass the entire disc, even the settings of the obscure Gustave Kahn.

-- Joel Kasow, FANFARE [9/1998] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Poems (4), Op. 5 by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano), Noel Lester (Piano), Noah Chaves (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1893; USA 
2. Mélodies (4), Op. 10 by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano), Noel Lester (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; USA 
3. La chanson des ingénues by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Noel Lester (Piano), Noah Chaves (Viola), Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1893; USA 
4. Harmonie du soir by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Noah Chaves (Viola), Noel Lester (Piano), Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1893; USA 
5. La lune blanche by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano), Noel Lester (Piano), Noah Chaves (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1893; USA 
6. Rêverie en sourdine by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Noah Chaves (Viola), Noel Lester (Piano), Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1893; USA 
7. Le rossignol by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano), Noel Lester (Piano), Noah Chaves (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1893; USA 
8. Boléro triste by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Noel Lester (Piano), RoseAnn Markow (Violin), Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; USA 
9. A une femme by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Noel Lester (Piano), Noah Chaves (Viola), RoseAnn Markow (Violin),
Deidra Palmour (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; USA 

Customer Reviews

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 Buy this - try something new. June 30, 2013 By F. Heilberg (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "Discs like this are what I love most about ArkivMusic's re-issue program. A small label release of a little-known composer who is sorely under represented in the catalog. With few if any alternatives, it is vitally important that this disc and this music be kept available. There are recordings of Loeffler's music by both Stokowski and Toscanini (which should say something about it's quality), and occupies a similar sound world to that of Debussy and Ravel, though with less of an overt French-ness to it. Anyone who enjoys the music of those composers and that of fellow American Charles Tomlinson Griffes should find something to like here. As I suggested above, there are few discs devoted to Loeffler. Anyone interested should check out the Naxos disc of chamber music and the New World disc of orchestral music as well as this one. There was another disc on Koch of chamber music that seems to be out of print now. Hopefully Arkiv will release that one too." Report Abuse
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