Mon Ami, Mon Amour / Haimovitz, Kodama

Release Date: 11/6/2020
Label: Pentatone
Catalog Number: PTC5186816
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 61 Minutes

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Marking the 20th anniversary of the ground-breaking, Grammy Award-winning OXINGALE RECORDS, MON AMI, Mon amour offers music which, even in times of darkness, never loses sight of its joie de vivre. The vibrant musical palette of cellist Matt Haimovitz and the graceful insight of pianist Mari Kodama exquisitely meld in MON AMI, Mon amour. Cello and piano remain in constant, colorful conversation for rarities by sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger, in Debussy’s neo-Baroque Sonata, and in the effervescent world of Poulenc’s Cello Sonata. Ravel’s poignant Kaddish and Milhaud’s hopeful E´le´gie, composed at the end of World War II, round out the program. Two Fauré gems are included, the virtuosic Papillon and the breathtaking Après un rêve, with its longing for a mysterious night and an elusive, ecstatic love.

 

REVIEW:

 

The two major works—the opener, Francis Poulenc’s exquisite violin sonata; and Claude Debussy’s enchanting cello sonata—are played with graceful intimacy, while shorter pieces by Fauré (two of them!), Milhaud, Ravel and the sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger are given equally committed readings by these perfectly paired artists.

 

– The Flip Side

Works on This Recording
1. I. Allegro: Tempo di marcia by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1948 ;
2. II. Cavatine by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1948 ;
3. III. Ballabile by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1948 ;
4. IV. Finale by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Mari Kodama (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1948 ;
5. Papillon, Op. 77 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Mari Kodama (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: before 1885 ;
6. Élégie, Op. 251 by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1945 ;
7. Nocturne (arr. M. Haimovitz for cello and piano) by Lili Boulanger
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1911 ;
8. Cortège (arr. M. Haimovitz for cello and piano) by Lili Boulanger
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1914 ;
9. No. 1. Modéré by Nadia Boulanger
Performer: Mari Kodama (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1914 ;
10. No. 2. Sans vitesse et à l'aise by Nadia Boulanger
Performer: Mari Kodama (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1914 ;
11. No. 3. Vite et nerveusement rythmé by Nadia Boulanger
Performer: Mari Kodama (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1914 ;
12. 2 Mélodies hébraïques: No. 1. Kaddisch (arr. M. Haimovitz for cello and piano) by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Mari Kodama (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1914 ;
13. I. Prologue by Claude Debussy
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1915 ;
14. II. Sérénade - by Claude Debussy
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1915 ;
15. III. Finale by Claude Debussy
Performer: Matt Haimovitz (Cello), Mari Kodama (Piano)
Written: 1915 ;
16. Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1 (arr. for cello and piano) by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Mari Kodama (Piano), Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Written: 1877 ;
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