Composer: Thierry Escaich, Philippe Hersant, André Jolivet, Albéric Magnard, Darius Milhaud, Carl August Nielsen
Orchestra: Les Vents Francais
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Warner Classics
Size: 1.59 GB
Scan: yes (PDF)
Les Vents Francais / Moderniste (2019)
01. Milhaud: Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Piano, Op. 47: I. Tranquille 06:38
02. Milhaud: Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Piano, Op. 47: II. Joyeux 03:11
03. Milhaud: Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Piano, Op. 47: III. Emporté 01:47
04. Milhaud: Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Piano, Op. 47: IV. Douloureux 05:42
05. Jolivet: Serenade for Wind Quintet: I. Cantilene 04:14
06. Jolivet: Serenade for Wind Quintet: II. Caprice 03:37
07. Jolivet: Serenade for Wind Quintet: III. Intermèd e03:48
08. Jolivet: Serenade for Wind Quintet: IV. Marche Burlesque 05:12
09. Magnard: Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8: I. Sombre 08:14
10. Magnard: Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8: II. Tendre 07:36
11. Magnard: Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8: III. Leger 05:12
12. Magnard: Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8: IV. Joyeux 10:45
13. Hersant: Sextet for Piano & Winds, “Osterlied” 13:43
14. Nielsen: Wind Quintet, Op. 43: I. Allegro ben moderato 08:07
15. Nielsen: Wind Quintet, Op. 43: II. Menuetto 04:27
16. Nielsen: Wind Quintet, Op. 43: III. Praeludium (Adagio) 01:46
17. Nielsen: Wind Quintet, Op. 43: IV. Tema con variazioni 09:08
18. Escaich: “Mecanic song” for Wind Quintet & Piano 11:38
François Leleux – oboe
Paul Meyer – clarinet
Radovan Vlatkovic – horn
Gilbert Audin – bassoon
with Éric Le Sage – piano
Modern: Designating the most innovative forms of art in a given period, particularly those of the 20th century. This definition from the French Larousse Dictionary explains the performers’ choice of title – Modernistes – for this new anthology of music for wind instruments: what draws the attention in these works – in different ways at different times and in different fields – are their innovative, progressive and adventurous qualities. Four of the composers featured on this album can legitimately be associated with what is very broadly known as Modernism, referring to the general proliferation of new ideas and new musical aesthetics at the turn of the 20th century and beyond. As for the two works by Philippe Hersant and Thierry Escaich, they call on us to reflect on what modernity means to us today. And, while it is easy to set Modernism in opposition to traditionalism, it is also interesting to distinguish between a composer’s personality and his or her approach to composing.
The cast list of the ensemble Les Vents Francais reads like the „Who’s who” of the international Wind ensemble’s scene. Five immanent experts of their respective instruments have met to a soloist’s ensemble of top class. This dreamteam is not only “French” as it consists almost exclusively of French musicians, it also devotes itself with a special verve to the music of Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud, Albert Roussel up to André Caplet. According to the repertoire the ensemble performs from two to five musicians and is completed by pianist Eric Le Sage.
The group has been touring throughout Europe and in Japan. Recent engagements include concerts at Mozartfest Würzburg, Audi Sommerkonzerte Ingolstadt, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian und LacMus Festival Como.
Les Vents Francais are working on a continuous expansion of the repertoire for winds by premiering numerous works by contemporary composers such as Thierry Escaich, Thierry Pécou, Guillaume Connesson, Michael Jarrell, Misato Mochizuki, Fuminori Tanada, Donald Waxmann and Qigang Chen.
Warner Classics has shortly released five highly-acclaimed recordings: 20th Century Wind Quintets, Winds & Piano (Mozart, Beethoven, Poulenc, Roussel, Caplet; Rimsky-Korsakow), Beethoven Album, Concertante! together with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and lately Moderniste with music by Philippe Hersant and Thierry Escaich.
Their discography includes furthermore the complete chamber music by Francis Poulenc, the album “French Connection” with works for flute, clarinet and piano, the double album “Best of Quintet Music” which combines music for wood winds by French composers with repertoire of the 20th century for RCA Red Seal and EMI.
Overall, a stylistically thought-provoking collection into which can be read as much about the governing concept as is wished. Recording and presentation are on a par with earlier issues in a series that will hopefully encompass a good deal more of this repertoire before it concludes.