Koechlin & Emmanuel: Music for Flute, Clarinet and Piano

Koechlin & Emmanuel: Music for Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Composer Charles Koechlin, Maurice Emmanuel
Artist Markus Brönnimann flute
Jean-Philippe Vivier clarinet
Michael Kleiser piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9422
EAN code 5029365942225
Release December 2013

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About this release

Paris was awash with musical talent at the turn of the 20th century, and yet the works of composers Charles Koechlin and Maurice Emmanuel have, rather unjustly, been overlooked in the years since, in favour of the big three: Fauré, Debussy and Ravel.

Emmanuel – a contemporary of Debussy, and greatly influenced by him – often experimented with older styles of composition, such as free rhythm and modes, to the consternation of Delibes, his teacher at the time. His Sonata Op.11 is a true exponent of Emmanuel’s style, and boasts a delightful second movement in which the flute and clarinet, unusually, provide accompaniment for the piano.

As eclectic with his music as he was with his hobbies, Koechlin was often very ahead of the game with his compositions, experimenting with polytonality and atonality long before many of his contemporaries, despite his thorough grounding in the Classical tradition. Among his works in this collection are the Sonatine modale Op.155a, which demonstrates Koechlin’s love of modes, the neo-Baroque Clarinet Sonatas Opp. 85 and 86 and the Flute Sonata Op.52, a series of complex Mediterranean impressions.

The works are performed by three eminent musicians: Markus Brönnimann, principal flute of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg since 1998, prize-winning clarinettist Jean-Philippe Vivier and acclaimed pianist Michael Kleiser.

Other information:
- Two neglected but highly original French composers from the first half of the 20th century: Maurice Emmanuel and Charles Koechlin. Both composers chose their own path, far from the impressionistic soundscapes painted by their contemporaries Debussy and Ravel. They were inspired by Antiquity, and made extensive use of old modes, free rhythms and metres. Koechlin was the most modern of the two, experimenting with polytonality and atonality.
- This CD contains works for flute, clarinet and piano, music of rare charm, beauty and sensuousness.
- Beautiful performances by three soloists of international renown.
- Excellent liner notes written by the artists.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata for Clarinet, Flute and Piano, Op. 11: I. Allegro con spirito
  2. Sonata for Clarinet, Flute and Piano, Op. 11: II. Adagio
  3. Sonata for Clarinet, Flute and Piano, Op. 11: III. Molto allegro e leggierissimo
  4. Flute Sonata, Op. 52: I. Adagio molto tranquillo
  5. Flute Sonata, Op. 52: II. Mouvement de Sicilienne: Allegretto très modéré mais sans traîner
  6. Flute Sonata, Op. 52: III. Final. Animé et gai
  7. Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 85: I. Allegro, bien décidé et rythmé
  8. Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 85: II. Andante quasi adagio
  9. Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 85: III. Final. Allegro moderato sans lenteur, bien allant mais sans précipiter le rythme
  10. Clarinet Sonata No. 2, Op. 86: I. Allegro ben moderato
  11. Clarinet Sonata No. 2, Op. 86: II. Andante con moto
  12. Clarinet Sonata No. 2, Op. 86: III. Allegro sans traîner
  13. Sonatine modale for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 155a: I. Andante moderato (dans le caractère d’une chanson populaire)
  14. Sonatine modale for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 155a: II. Allegro moderato, lumineux et gai
  15. Sonatine modale for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 155a: III. Andantino, sans traîner
  16. Sonatine modale for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 155a: IV. Assez large, expansif
  17. Sonatine modale for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 155a: V. Allegro non troppo
  18. Three pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 178: No. 1, Allegretto con moto, mais pas réellement allegro
  19. Three pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 178: No. 2, Andante con moto
  20. Three pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 178: No. 3, Tempo de Sicilienne
  21. Pastorale, Op. 75bis for Flute, Clarinet and Piano (Allegretto, très modéré)