DDA25099 – Terzetti – Trios for Flute, Harp & Viola performed by The Debussy Ensemble
Arnold Bax: Elegaic Trio; Claude Debussy: Sonate en Trio; Maurice Ravel: Sonatine en Trio (arr. Carlos Salzedo); William Mathias: Zodiac Trio Op. 70; Théodore Dubois: Terzettino
Bax and Debussy, almost simultaneously and without collusion, created works for flute, viola and harp, and many other composers have written for this combination of instruments since. This disc brings many of them together under the "Terzetti" heading.
The Debussy Ensemble comprises Susan Milan (flute), Ieuan Jones (harp) and Matthew Jones (viola). Many of these works were performed by the Trio at the Purcell Room in late March 2010 (preceded by a performance on R3 "In Tune").
"The eponymous trio gave a restrained, somewhat understated, performance, which brought out the longing of the music. As an encore, we were treated to a miniature by Théodore Dubois which brought the evening to a serene close. I look forward to hearing the Debussy Ensemble in more repertoire for this combination of instruments for if anyone can create interest in it, these are the people to look to." Musical Opinion
DDV62402 The Finck Album performed by Theatre Bel Etage Orchestra/Mart Sander
Finck is one of many musicians whose style has become (according to the orthodox fashion) out of date, and whose name, once known by every household, has been almost forgotten. Finck's compositions included about thirty stage shows, two of which are represented on the new CD - the ballet My Lady Dragonfly and the operetta Decameron Nights, a superbly written piece which has not been played since 1923.
Finck continued to enjoy success throughout the 1930s, while light music as a genre was still at the height of popularity. His autobiography, also entitled My Melodious Memories, was published by Hutchinson in 1937 and is a witty and entertaining résumé of a different world of entertainment to that we know today. Nowadays a new generation is beginning once again to appreciate the gentle joy of British light music and to rediscover composers such as Finck, Albert Ketelbey, Hubert Bath, Lionel Monckton and others.
The music is performed by the Bel Etage Theatre from Tallinn, Estonia, a company which specialises in Edwardian English operetta, under its conductor and lead baritone Mart Sanderand featuring female vocalists Pirjo Levandi and Kelli Uustani.
The Bel-Etage company took over an old music hall at the heart of Tallinn, Estonia, in 2000; since then it has produced and recorded many Victorian and Edwardian shows, musical revues and comic operas. The company is well known for championing British music, especially Gilbert and Sullivan, whose work was previously not well known to Estonian audiences. Bel-Etage also supports a ballet troupe and two successful orchestras and is in constant demand at home and abroad.
MSVDX101 Quartet Choreography performed by The Kreutzer Quartet
Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914); Lutoslawski: String Quartet (1964); Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2 (1968); Finnissy: Second String Quartet (2006-7)
This Double sided DVD (PAL/NTSC) explores the interaction between the members whilst performing these four key 20th Century works for String Quartet. The Kreutzer Quartet firmly believes that music should be seen as well as heard. The mechanics of playing and the communication of the players are what create the art.