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Duo concertantes for harp;
Ballade for harp & strings
Rachel Talitman, harp
Music for Winds & Piano
Jean-Michel Damase, piano
Important new recording! Complete duo
concertante works for harp released
We are delighted to announce the publication and performance of several recent compositions. Works and details of their premiere performances are listed below. Click on linked titles to purchase at Sheet Music Plus.
Japanese World Premiere Tour (7,
8, 11 November 2005)
Competitions and Exams
Jean-Michel Damase Interview
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7 December 2006, 8:00PM
Damase: Ballade; Duo concertante for flute and harp; Double Concerto
for viola and harp; Double Concerto for bassoon and harp (World
Premiere Recordings) | Rachel Talitman, harp; Luc Loubry,
bassoon; Benoît Fromanger, flute; Pierre-Henry Xuereb, viola |
Another very important addition to the recorded repertoire. Here the complete concertante works for harp en duo with flute, viola, and bassoon (all world premiere recordings), along with the Ballade for harp and string orchestra, are performed by harpist Rachel Talitman. Winner of several international harp competitions, Talitman is also co-founder of the Harpeggio Ensemble, dedicated to "playing, recording and promoting the unknown repertoire of the harp".
The complete program:
Ballade for harp and string orchestra
Duo concertante for flute, harp, and string orchestra
Double Concerto for viola, harp, and string orchestra
Double Concerto for bassoon, harp, and string orchestra
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French Music for Harp and Voice | Chantal Mathieu,
harp & Sakuya Koda, soprano | Doron [FR]
Exact work(s) unknown. Also includes songs by Bernard Andrès, André Caplet, Henri Duparc, Gabriel Fauré, Francis Poulenc, Marcel Tournier
Valses nobles et sentimentales; Fauré: Nocturnes №7-№13 |
Jean-Michel Damase, piano | Accord [FR]
The second disc in the series Collection musique française featuring remastered recordings by Damase, the pianist. It is often overlooked that M. Damase is an extremely accomplished concert pianist. With the critical praise that followed the re-release of the his interpretations of Fauré's Nocturnes and Barcarolles, this oversight is finally being rectified. In addition to the works featured in the title are Fauré's Valse-Caprice N°3, Impromptu N°3 and Ravel's lovely miniatures, Prélude and Menuet sur le nom de Haydn.
Music by Jean-Michel Damase | Nicholas Unwin, piano
Introduction et Allegro | Thème et Variations | Sonate | Apparition | Huit Études | Sonatine
Somm / SOMMCD 034
The most important addition to Damase's recorded repertoire in over a decade. Nicholas Unwin has received universal praise for his brilliant performances of works previously unavailable on any format.
In their May 2004 issue, BBC Music Magazine has awarded this recording «««««, its highest rating, in all categories. Mr Unwin and Somm Recordings are to be congratulated for their tremendous achievement! Here is an excerpt of the review:
For those unfamiliar with the music of Damase, the recording
serves as an excellent introduction. Covering works from many
periods in the composer's career, it also presents a wonderful
variety of compositional forms that showcase his unique voice.
| Eva-Christina Schönweiß, violin;
Kirsten Ecke, harp
Sonatine for Violin & Harp
GENUIN / GMP 04504
The musical partnership of Ms Schönweiß and Ms Ecke began in the Winter of 1995 and has continued in spite of the growing demands of their solo careers; Ms Schönweiß is assistant concertmaster of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Ms Ecke, solo harpist of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Not only is this the duo's première recording, but it is the first recording of the Sonatine for Vioin & Harp to be available commercially. Also on the recording are works by Boieldieu, Aubuert, Bochsa and the duo's signature work, the Fastasie, Op 24 of Saint-Saëns.
Trio | Ecoensemble Trio
Trio for Flute, Oboe & Piano
EurArte / EA 0024
Founded in 1991, the award-winning ensemble (Morena Mestieri, flute; Paola Fundarò, oboe; Anna Bellagamba, piano) include many rare and neglected works in their repertoire. Their CD, with additional works by Eugène Goossens, Gordon Jacob, Franco Margola and Giordano Tunioli, can be purchased directly from EurArte.
Jean-Michel Damase, piano
Les treize Barcarolles; Trois Nocturnes
Universal/Musicdisc 472 302
A French 24-bit digital reissue of recordings made for DECCA in 1956 and 1958 (released in 1957 and 1958, respectively). The program consists of Thirteen Barcarolles and Nocturnes №4, 5 & 6. Liner notes in French and English discuss Fauré and his works.
No biographical information or photos of Damase are included.
Porter, flute; Nancy-Ambrose King, oboe; Phillip Bush,
Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano
Included in the program are works by Holst, Ginastera, Bozza, Dring and an arrangement of the ever-popular aria "Viens, Mallika...sous le dome épais", better known as the "Flower Duet" from Lakmé by Delibes.
Peacock | Harris-Coates
Duo (Debora Harris, flute and Mike Coates, guitar)
Quatre facettes for Flute and Guitar (World Première Recording)
Barking Dog Records. For more information, click here.
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Past performances may be viewed at the Archives
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