Sivan Magen – French Reflections (2015) [LINN FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Sivan Magen – French Reflections (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:53 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: May 2014, Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Since the 1900s French composers have advanced the harp to new levels of virtuosity and expression, with growing technical demands. Caplet’s Divertissements features some of the most unique and perfectly executed writing in the harp’s entire literature; great technical poise is required to deliver the bold pedal glissandi. Tournier and Debussy established the harp as a crucial exponent of the dreamy impressionist style; its colours and sonority are key. A century later Mantovani utilises a breath-taking spectrum of attacks and techniques: furious scalic motives, nail sounds, bisbigliandi, and sudden, shrill fortes which makes Tocar a testament to the harp’s more virile characteristics. Schoeller’s Esstal is in sharp contrast; its delicate figurations create a more peaceful mood and demonstrate another side to this versatile instrument. The programme closes with Fauré’s Impromptu which makes use of harmonics, glissandi, cross fingerings and rich arpeggios.

Harp recitals are almost bound to be appealing, such is the instrument’s seductiveness, but this one has substance, too. Alongside the pure enchantment of André Caplet’s Divertissements and Marcel Tournier’s Sonatine comes the modern-mindedness of Bruno Mantovani’s strenuous Tocar and Philippe Schoeller’s meditative Esstal. Two of Debussy’s piano Estampes make an easy transition, and the set is framed by splendid Fauré pieces: the Verlaine-inspired Une Châtelaine en sa tour, Op 110, and the Impromptu, Op 86. In both, one may feel the poetic “mysteriousness” of the instrument is inseparable from sheer meatiness of technique. –Paul Driver, The Sunday Times

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
1 Une châtelaine en sa tour … Op 110[4’41]André Caplet (1878-1925)
2 À la française[4’25]3 À l’espagnole[5’25]Philippe Schoeller (b1957)
4 Esstal[5’45]Marcel Tournier (1879-1951)
Sonatine Op 30
5 Allègrement[5’59]6 Calme et expressif[4’17]7 Fièvreusement[5’22]Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Estampes L108
8 La soirée dans Grenade[5’40]9 Jardins sous la pluie[4’13]Bruno Mantovani (b1974)
10 Tocar[7’48]Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
11 Impromptu No 6 in D flat major Op 86bis[8’18]

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