Music for Flute, Harp, Clarinet and String QuartetJOHN METCALF (b.1946): Septet, ROBERT GROSLOT (b.1942): Poème secret*, MICHEL LYSIGHT (b.1958): A Tribute to Philip K. Dick*, SERGIU NATRA (b.1924): Pour Nicanor*, MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937): Introduction et Allegro. * - First Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 03S069
Label: Harp & Company
Description: An attractive recital of mostly world premieres of works written for the ensemble used by Ravel in his famous Introduction and Allegro. Groslot's piece, inspired by Apollinaire's “Poèmes secrets”, is the most clearly Ravelian work here. Occupying a similar harmonic world and a French sense of timbral color, the work progresses through a range of sensuous, poetic moods. Metcalf writes in a completely tonal language; his piece consists of variations on a diatonic chord sequence. The work subdivides into three sections, and is very consonant, with a tinge of folk music influence, throughout. The Natra was written for Zabaleta. Predominantly tonal, it incorporates some modal and dodecaphonic elements, but is primarily an inventive study in instrumental color, with a greater emphasis on polyphonic line than the other pieces here. Lysight's piece sets up two opposing ideas which gradually come together, symbolising the contradictions and questions central to Philip K. Dick's writing. The piece is very tonal and non-confrontational, though; an affectionate tribute rather than a dramatic commentary on the author's works. Rachel Talitman (harp), Marcos Fregnani-Martins (flute), Jean-Marc Fessard (clarinet), Daniel Rubenstein, Laurent Houque (violins), Raphaël Aubry, Clément Holvoet (viola), Hélène Dautry, Johannes Burghoff (cello), Akhtamar Quartet (Natra and Lysight).