Recorded on 10/02/1997, uploaded on 04/02/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
"If you love winds, . . . and great (none better) wind playing,
consider investing in this . . . absolutely first-class production."
(American Record Guide)
"A very attractive program of French music for oboe, clarinet, and
bassoon that offers a mini-feast of Gallic appeal, piquant charm, and
those naughty harmonies that fascinated French composers in the earlier
part of this century . . . The Chicago Chamber Musicians is a very fine
group of musicians who dispatch the most taxing passages with an
effortless ease." (Fanfare)
An attractive and neglected area of 20th-century repertoire gets its
due on this CD that toasts French composers and their delightful wind
On its second outing for Cedille Records, The Chicago Chamber Musicians
- in this instance, a subset comprising oboist Michael Henoch,
clarinetist Larry Combs, and bassoonist William Buchman - perform eight
sparkling wind trios composed expressly for that instrumentation in the
1930s and 1940s by Paul Pierné (not his better-known cousin, Gabriel),
Canteloube, Ibert, Milhaud, Tansman, Auric, and Françaix.
...Georges Auric (1899-1983) was, like Tansman, closely associated with Stravinsky,and also played a major role in the history of French movie-making, composingseveral scores for films by Jean Cocteau.
A sort of junior member of Les Six - Milhaud, Poulenc, and Honegger are viewed as the group's most significant figures - Auric combined a distinguished career as a music critic with his work as a composer. He has several ballets to his credit, plus orchestral pieces, numerous songs, and quantities of piano and chamber music.
The clarinet takes the initial lead in the dancing, vibrantly rhythmic first movement of Auric's 1938 Trio. The very lyrical Romance combines the instruments with intertwining melodies; the word express if and the dynamic marking piano (soft) pepper the movement's final pages. The final portion of the trio contrasts playful triplet patterns with quieter, more sedate interludes.
Notes by Andrea Lamoreaux
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