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Chamber Music (French Flute Quintets) - TOURNIER, M. / SCHMITT, F. / PIERNE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. / ROUSSEL, A. (Mirage Quintet)

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Mirage Quintet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570444
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The five composers on this disc share the clarity and refinement, brio and wit, and subtle sensuality that permeate French music in the early years of the twentieth century. Each found in literature, the visual arts and the music of Debussy and Ravel touchstones for their own compositions, while expressing their individual personalities. Refinement and pellucid textures characterise Tournier’s Suite; vigour, elegance and passion Schmitt’s. Françaix’s Quintet, much-loved for its charm and delicacy, matches Roussel’s neo-classical Serenade and complements Pierné’s virtuosic and translucently scored Variations.


   




Review By Oleg Ledeniov,MusicWeb International,January 2010

The recording is demonstration-class, ideally capturing both the flute’s highest leaps and the harp’s resonating echoes…what makes this disc so special, is the playing, the blending, the balance, the surprises, the turns and twists, the flow, the airiness, the soft bliss granted by the Mirage Quintet…



Review By Robert R. Reilly,InsideCatholic.com,October 2009

I must give mention, if only briefly, to a wonderful Naxos CD of French Flute Chamber Music, because it contains meltingly lovely works from the early 20th century that capture so perfectly that French specialty in sensuality and languor—the kind that seems to flit over you like a sweet breeze. The Mirage Quintet captures the magic in the works of Marcel Tournier, Florent Schmitt, Gabriel Pierné, Jean Françaix, and Albert Roussel.








 

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