Tribute to Charles Munch – A Strasburger in Boston = Works of BERLIOZ, FRANCK, ST.-SAENS, ROUSSEL, DEBUSSY, FAURE, RAVEL – Praga Digitals
A generous sampling of the ‘Munch touch’ in Boston in the French music he championed. Tribute to Charles Munch – A Strasburger in Boston = BERLIOZ: Romeo et Juliette Symphonie – Queen Mab Scherzo; FRANCK: Le Chasseur Maudit; SAINT-SAENS: La Princesse Jaune Overture, Op 30; Le Rouet d’Omphale. Op. 31; DEBUSSY: Fetes fr. Trois Nocturnes; […]
DEBUSSY: Violin Sonata in g; Cello Sonata in d; Flute, Viola, and Harp Sonata; Syrinx for Solo Flute – Boston Sym. Ch. Players – Pentatone
An outstanding release wonderfully brought back to life. DEBUSSY: Violin Sonata in g; Cello Sonata in d; Flute, Viola, and Harp Sonata; Syrinx for Solo Flute – Boston Sym. Ch. Players – Pentatone multichannel SACD (4.0) PTC 5186 226, 46:11 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: For those of you who don’t remember, the Boston Symphony Chamber […]
A classic reading of late Scriabin by Armengaud embraces the intentionally mystical, erotic, and demonic impulses in this ever-fascinating composer.
JONGEN: Violin Concerto in b; Adagio symphonique; Fantasia; LAZZARI: Rapsodie in e – Philippe Graffin, violin/ Royal Flemish Philharmonic/ Martyn Brabbins (Vol. 18 of series) – Hyperion
An almost unknown work by a composer known for another work, plus an unknown composer.
GRIEG: Six Ibsen Songs; 12 Vinje Songs; Haugtussa – Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-sop./ Nils Anders Mortensen, p. – Lawo Classics (stereo)
An absolutely mandatory release of three of the greatest song cycles ever written—performed to perfection.
The combination CD+DVD from Javier Perianes illustrates sonorous parallels between Debussy and Chopin.
Stephen Hough’s French Album = Works of BACH, FAURE, RAVEL, MASSENET, POULENC, ALKAN, DEBUSSY, DELIBES Etc. – Hyperion
Wit, style, and Gallic elegance combine for Stephen Hough’s eclectic approach to the French taste as conceived in a variety of bravura musical fashions.
A youthful virtuoso proves himself a master colorist in Gallic and Swiss repertory that shares a penchant for diaphanous textures and rhythmic complexity.
French Flute Chamber Music = MARCEL TOURNIER: Suite, Op. 34; FLORENT SCHMITT: Suite en rocaille, Op. 84; GABRIEL PIERNE: Variations libres et finale; JEAN FRANCAIX: Quintet; ALBERT ROUSSEL: Serenade, Op. 30 – Mirage Quintet – Naxos
Though falling under impressionist influence, the composers on this album prove quite divergent in style and intent—and a joy to hear.