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France (2004)

France

Music@Menlo 2004’s French program offers a selection of chamber works by four of that country’s most deliciously stylish composers. Claude Debussy’s Petite Pièce and Première Rhapsodie employ a rich kaleidoscope of harmonic colors, as does the early Sonatina for Flute and Piano of Henri Dutilleux, which betrays the influence of such Impressionist composers as Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Francis Poulenc’s devilishly stylish Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano has rightfully remained among the composer’s most popular chamber works. Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet in c minor, though the earliest work on the program, nevertheless bears the hallmarks of French music: lush, sensual harmonies, freely flowing and deeply felt melodies, and an expressive and communicative immediacy.

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Selections

Petite Pièce | Claude Debussy (2:13)

  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Première Rhapsodie | Claude Debussy (8:32)


    Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano | Francis Poulenc (12:22)

    • Dennis Godburn, Bassoon
    • Jeffrey Kahane, Piano
    • Allan Vogel, Oboe

    Sonatina for Flute and Piano | Henri Dutilleux (9:25)

    • Derek Han, Piano
    • Carol Wincenc, Flute

    Piano Quartet no. 1 in c minor, op. 15 | Gabriel Fauré (30:05)

    • Colin Carr, Cello
    • Jeffrey Kahane, Piano
    • Ian Swensen, Violin
    • Geraldine Walther, Viola

    Artists

    • Colin Carr, Cello
    • Dennis Godburn, Bassoon
    • Derek Han, Piano
    • Jeffrey Kahane, Piano
    • Anthony McGill, Clarinet
    • Ian Swensen, Violin
    • Allan Vogel, Oboe
    • Geraldine Walther, Viola
    • Carol Wincenc, Flute

    Music@Menlo LIVE’s Origin/Essence series commemorates the festival’s second season, an exploration of the chamber repertoire of five distinct musical cultures.

    France Total Time: 1:03:05
    Discs: 1
    Price: $15.00
    Year Recorded: 2004