Katia & Marielle Labeque – Love Stories (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Katia & Marielle Labèque – Love Stories (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:16:00 minutes | 726 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | Booklet,  Front cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet inspired many composers from Benda to Prokofiev through Berlioz, Gounod or Tchaikowsky and it is always a challenge for a musician to approach such a subject so full of history. With Star-Cross’d Lovers, French composer David Chalmin gives a new look at Shakespeare’s drama : a contemporary ballet choreographed by Yaman Okur, written for two pianos, electric guitar, electronics and drums. The musical dramaturgy is based on tension and resolution, violence and harmony, brutality and poetry, which correspond to the two antagonist themes of hatred and love. These contrasts enable a vast range of choreographic possibilities boosted by the energy exchanges between the seven breakdancers and the four musicians. The piece is tinged with minimalism, rock and electronics but also includes references to art music or ethnic music. It finds its unity in a cleverly combination of tradition and experimentalism. The clashes between the two rival gangs take place in a dark, oppressive and threatening musical world where tension and danger are constant. It could describe a sordid urban environment, perhaps that of a soulless suburb of a big city. The tragic end of the work is prefigured in the first prologue by an evolving melodic theme played by the pianos in the lower register that could be a modern version of a Wagnerian leitmotiv of curse or fate. Electronic roars and buzzes, howlings of electric guitar, aggressive hammerings of pianos, cold polyrhythmic combining motoric style, obssesive rave music but also African and Latino influences, contribute to this dystopian vision of the drama. The musical universe of the two famous lovers, which often tintinnabulates in the high register of the pianos, is instead full of delicacy and sweetness. David Chalmin gives his music a special charm drawing his inspiration from Ravelian limpidness, Schubertian lyricism and Chopinian poetry but also from styles close to jazz and pop music. David Chalmin’s 30-minute score was composed for Katia and Marielle Labèque. It was premiered at the Philharmonie de Paris in May 2015. Since then, it has been performed in Luzern, Dortmund, Montpellier Festival, Bordeaux, Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet), Napoli Festival, etc.

Tracklist

David Chalmin (b.1980)

Star-Cross’d Lovers
1 Act I: Prologue 01:54
2 Act I: Street Fight 01:45
3 Act I: Star-Cross’d Lovers 01:56
4 Act I: The Party 03:24
5 Act I: Two Foes 02:05
6 Act II: Prologue01:29
7 Act II: Capulet’s Orchard 00:40
8 Act II: Mariage 01:14
9 Act III: Prologue 00:14
10 Act III: Mercutio Vs. Tybalt 01:56
11 Act III: Mercutio’s Death 01:23
12 Act III: Romeo Vs. Tybalt 02:24
13 Act III: Tybalt’s Death 00:36
14 Act III: A Room In Capulet’s House 01:12
15 Act IV: Juliet’s Despair 01:58
16 Act IV: Juliet’s Poison 02:37
17 Act V: Romeo’s Rage 01:10
18 Act V: Romeo’s Poison 01:16
19 Act V: Juliet’s Awake 01:33
20Act V: Epilogue 02:01

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)

West Side Story – Arr. for two pianos and percussions by Irwin Kostal
21 Prologue 04:15
22 Jet Song 01:54
23 Something’s Coming 02:22
24 Rock Blues 01:52
25 Mambo 02:26
26 Cha Cha 01:54
27 Maria 03:14
28 America 02:32
29 Cool 04:00
30 I Feel Pretty 01:03
31 One Hand, One Heart 02:01
32 Tonight 02:40
33 Somewhere 03:05
34 A Boy Like That 02:19
35 I Have A Love 03:21
36 The Rumble 01:23
37 Finale 02:52

Personnel
Katia Labèque, piano
Marielle Labèque, piano
David Chalmin, guitar, electronics
Raphael Seguinier, drums, percussion
Gonzalo Grau, percussion
Pablo Bencid, timbales, percussion (on „Mambo“)

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