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Le Balcon

Lucien Durosoir

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French label Alpha has devoted itself mostly to historical performances of Baroque and Classical works, including in each album a reproduction, together with detail shots, of an artwork that may be directly or at least tangentially related to the music being performed. The format is equally suited to Romantic music and even music of the 20th century, into which Alpha ventures here. The label brings together various performers in the music of Lucien Durosoir, a composer and World War I veteran (he studied counterpoint in the trenches) whose music was largely forgotten but has been revived through the efforts of his son. It's well worth a fresh hearing, with a sort of post-Impressionist language that allows for a good deal of experiment. Durosoir, in fact, is at his best in pieces like the wholly original Le Balcon (track 1), composed in 1924. The work offers a sort of polyphonic reading of a Baudelaire poem, with a setting of the text for a bass soloist accompanied by wordless choral sounds and strings. Durosoir's designation is "for bass solo, cordes vocales, et cordes instrumentales": bass solo, vocal cords, and instrumental cords. Poetry or other extramusical inspiration seems to lurk in the background of several of these works. The purely abstract Piano Trio in B minor is equally interesting, with its jagged surfaces and excursions into non-tonal harmonic zones; much of Durosoir's music was written for chamber ensembles, a canvas that allowed him to try out new structures on a small scale. The painting accompanying the recording (with essays in French and English) also represents a balcony: it is by Manet, and Quebec art historian Dénis Grenier points to an experimental spirit, an ability to think out blocks of a new language, as common to both artists. A very nice find for lovers of French music of the early 20th century.
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1
Poème symphonique «Le Balcon» pour basse solo, cordes vocales et cordes instrumentales
Quatuor Diotima
00:17:28

Ensemble Sequenza 9.3, Performer - Catherine Simonpietri, Performer - Jean-Christophe Jacques, Performer - Quatuor Diotima, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

2
Sonnet à un enfant pour soprano et piano
Kareen Durand
00:04:35

Kareen Durand, Performer - Jeff Cohen, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

3
Idylle pour quatuor d'instruments à vent
Quintette Aquilon
00:12:57

Quintette Aquilon, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

4
Trilogie: Improvisation, Maïade, Divertissement pour violoncelle et piano: I. Improvisation
Johan Farjot
00:03:16

Raphaël Merlin, Performer - Johan Farjot, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

5
Trilogie: Improvisation, Maïade, Divertissement pour violoncelle et piano: II. Maïade
Johan Farjot
00:02:15

Raphaël Merlin, Performer - Johan Farjot, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

6
Trilogie: Improvisation, Maïade, Divertissement pour violoncelle et piano: III. Divertissement
Johan Farjot
00:06:48

Raphaël Merlin, Performer - Johan Farjot, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

7
Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle en Si Mineur: I. Calme et clair
Trio Hoboken
00:13:50

Trio Hoboken, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

8
Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle en Si Mineur: II. Lent
Trio Hoboken
00:08:09

Trio Hoboken, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

9
Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle en Si Mineur: III. Final
Trio Hoboken
00:06:43

Trio Hoboken, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

10
Berceuse pour violoncelle et piano
Eric Picard
00:03:15

Eric Picard, Performer - Jérôme Granjon, Performer - Lucien Durosoir, Composer

2011 Alpha 2010 Megep

Album Description

French label Alpha has devoted itself mostly to historical performances of Baroque and Classical works, including in each album a reproduction, together with detail shots, of an artwork that may be directly or at least tangentially related to the music being performed. The format is equally suited to Romantic music and even music of the 20th century, into which Alpha ventures here. The label brings together various performers in the music of Lucien Durosoir, a composer and World War I veteran (he studied counterpoint in the trenches) whose music was largely forgotten but has been revived through the efforts of his son. It's well worth a fresh hearing, with a sort of post-Impressionist language that allows for a good deal of experiment. Durosoir, in fact, is at his best in pieces like the wholly original Le Balcon (track 1), composed in 1924. The work offers a sort of polyphonic reading of a Baudelaire poem, with a setting of the text for a bass soloist accompanied by wordless choral sounds and strings. Durosoir's designation is "for bass solo, cordes vocales, et cordes instrumentales": bass solo, vocal cords, and instrumental cords. Poetry or other extramusical inspiration seems to lurk in the background of several of these works. The purely abstract Piano Trio in B minor is equally interesting, with its jagged surfaces and excursions into non-tonal harmonic zones; much of Durosoir's music was written for chamber ensembles, a canvas that allowed him to try out new structures on a small scale. The painting accompanying the recording (with essays in French and English) also represents a balcony: it is by Manet, and Quebec art historian Dénis Grenier points to an experimental spirit, an ability to think out blocks of a new language, as common to both artists. A very nice find for lovers of French music of the early 20th century.
© TiVo

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