Koechlin: Complete Music for Saxophone

Koechlin: Complete Music for Saxophone
Composer Charles Koechlin
Artist David Brutti saxophones
Filippo Farinelli piano
Mario Caroli flute
Duo Disecheis
Atem Saxophone Quartet
Orchestra Città Aperta
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 9266
EAN code 5029365926621
Release December 2012

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Charles Koechlin, music theorist as well as composer, was a significant figure in the vibrant early 20th century whirl of Parisian culture. After studying under as Jules Massenet and Gabriel Fauré, the latter being an enormous influence on his music, Koechlin co-founded the Société musicale indépendante in 1909 and many years later became president of the Féderation Musicale Populaire. Starstruck by Hollywood, Koechlin often found inspiration in its legendary figures and dedicated many pieces to actresses such as Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow and Lilian Harvey.

Koechlin’s compositional style contains elements of impressionism, and his developing interest in the saxophone can be closely linked to his enthusiasm for 1930s cinema. Twenty years later, the publication of his Traité de l’orchestration, in which he praised the saxophone for its sonority and agility, coincided with that of a set of 15 studies for the instrument. These studies, of varying length and character, feature in this collection, alongside works such as the Deux Sonatinas, Septuor pour instruments à Vent, and the celebrated Epitaphe pour Jean Harlow.

Formed in 2001 by David Brutti and Filippo Farinelli, the Duo Disecheis explores 20th-century and contemporary chamber music. Having performed at many prestigious festivals and venues throughout Europe, the duo has achieved enormous success in international competitions and has collaborated with composers such as Paolo Baioni, Stefano Trevisi and Dimitri Nicolau. Joining the duo on this recording is the Atem Saxophone Quartet, which has received critical acclaim for its performances at numerous chamber music and jazz festivals.

Other information:
- For the first time complete on CD: Charles Koechlin’s Music for Saxophone, an important issue of this musical genius.
- Contains notes on the composer and works

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942): I. Andante quasi adagio
  2. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942): II. Andante con moto
  3. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942): III. Andante assez allant
  4. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942): IV. Andante con moto
  5. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942): V. Allegro moderato
  6. Sonatine, Op. 194b No. 2 (1943): I. Andante très calme
  7. Sonatine, Op. 194b No. 2 (1943): II. Andante con moto
  8. Sonatine, Op. 194b No. 2 (1943): III. Presque adagio
  9. Sonatine, Op. 194b No. 2 (1943): IV. Final
  10. Monodie No. 9 from 12 Monodies, Op. 213 (1947) for alto saxophone
  11. Le repos de Tityre from 11 Monodies pour instrument à vent, Op. 216 (1947) for soprano saxophone
  12. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 1 in G Minor
  13. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 2 in E-Flat
  14. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 3 in F Minor (Andante sostenuto)
  15. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 4 in A-Flat (Allant)
  16. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor (Andantino)
  17. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 6 in A (Allegro moderato)
  18. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 7 in A Minor
  19. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 8 in E (Allegretto)
  20. 24 Duos ,Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 9 in E-Flat Minor (Andantino presque adagio)
  21. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 10 in D (Allegro moderato)
  22. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 11 in F: Tranquillo (sans trainer)
  23. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 12 in D Minor (Andante con moto)
  24. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 13 in G (Allegretto con moto)
  25. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 14 in G-Flat (Allegretto: clair-bien allant)
  26. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 15 in B (Andante con moto: à la blanche)
  27. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 16 in Bb (Allegretto con moto)
  28. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 17 in B Minor (Andante espressivo)
  29. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 18 in Ab Minor (Presque adagio – Canon à l’octave)
  30. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 19 in C Minor (Moderato tranquillo – Canon à l’octave)
  31. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 20 in E Minor (Moderato – Canon à la quinte: non modulant)
  32. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 21 in Bb Minor (Andante: pas trop lent – Canon à la quinte: modulant)
  33. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 22 in Db major (Dolce: très clair – Canon à la quarte inferieure: modulant)
  34. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 23 in D Minor (Andante molto tranquillo – Canon par mouvement contraire)
  35. 24 Duos, Op. 186 (1946) for two saxophones: No. 24 in C (Allegretto moderato: ben legato espressivo – Canon à la neuvieme: très modulant)

Disk 2

  1. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: I. Pour les traits rapides
  2. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: II. Pour le sons liés et le charme de la sonorité
  3. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: III. Pour les arpèges
  4. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: IV. Pour la douceur des attaques
  5. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: V. Pour le charme du son dans un mouvement vif
  6. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: VI. Pour le style soutenu et doux, en son lies
  7. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: VII. Pour les sons liés et le charme de la sonorité
  8. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: VIII. Pour les notes en staccato, et le mélange de legato et staccato
  9. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: IX. Pour la longueur de la respiration et l’egalité du son
  10. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: X. Pour la qualité du son dans un style soutenu
  11. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: XI. Pour la solidité du rythme
  12. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: XII. Pour l’égalité du son et pour les nuances
  13. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: XIII. Pour l’égalité du son
  14. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: XIV. Pour une sonorité soutenue et expressive, pour la douceur du grave et de l’aigu
  15. 15 Etudes, Op. 188 (1943) for alto saxophone and piano: XV. Pour les accents qui doivent donner le rythme de la phrase
  16. 7 Pièces from 15 pièces pour cor et piano, Op. 180 (1942) for tenor saxophone and piano: III. Andante presque adagio
  17. 7 Pièces from 15 pièces pour cor et piano, Op. 180 (1942) for tenor saxophone and piano: V. Adagio
  18. 7 Pièces from 15 pièces pour cor et piano, Op. 180 (1942) for tenor saxophone and piano: VII. Andante
  19. 7 Pièces from 15 pièces pour cor et piano, Op. 180 (1942) for tenor saxophone and piano: X. Andante
  20. 7 Pièces from 15 pièces pour cor et piano, Op. 180 (1942) for tenor saxophone and piano: XII. Adagio
  21. 7 Pièces from 15 pièces pour cor et piano, Op. 180 (1942) for tenor saxophone and piano: XIV. Andante con moto
  22. 7 Pièces from 15 pièces pour cor et piano, Op. 180 (1942) for tenor saxophone and piano: XV. Très doux, presque adagio

Disk 3

  1. Epitaphe de Jean Harlow, Op. 164 (1937)
  2. Septuor pour instruments à vent, Op. 165 (1937) for wind septet: I. Monodie
  3. Septuor pour instruments à vent, Op. 165 (1937) for wind septet: II. Pastorale
  4. Septuor pour instruments à vent, Op. 165 (1937) for wind septet: III. Intermezzo
  5. Septuor pour instruments à vent, Op. 165 (1937) for wind septet: IV. Fugue
  6. Septuor pour instruments à vent, Op. 165 (1937) for wind septet: V. Sérénité
  7. Septuor pour instruments à vent, Op. 165 (1937) for wind septet: VI. Fugue
  8. Septuor pour instruments à vent, Op. 165bis (1937): I. ‘La vie s’ouvre devant toi’ (for wind septet)
  9. Septuor pour instruments à vent Op.165bis (1937): II. ‘Va librement!’† (for eleven wind instruments)
  10. 15 Préludes pour piano, Op. 209 (1946–47) (arr. for septet [by Charles Koechlin]): No.5: Andante trés calme expressif intérieurement
  11. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: I. Andante quasi adagio
  12. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: II. Andante con moto
  13. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: III. Andante assez allant
  14. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: IV. Andante con moto
  15. Sonatine, Op. 194 No. 1 (1942) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: V. Allegro moderato
  16. Sonatine, Op. 194b No. 2 (1943) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: I. Andante très calme
  17. Sonatine, Op. 194b No. 2 (1943) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: II. Andante con moto
  18. Sonatine, Op. 194b No. 2 (1943) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: III. Presque adagio
  19. Sonatine, Op. 194b No. 2 (1943) for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra: IV. Final