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Le Bal Masqué

Viotta Ensemble

Vincent d' Indy, Albert Roussel, Charles Koechlin, Francis Poulenc

SKU: 8595

Year of release: 1995

'Suite dans Le Style ancien' in D Major Op. 2 14:13
1. Prélude Vincent d' Indy 01:40
2. Entrée Vincent d' Indy 02:40
3. Sarabande Vincent d' Indy 03:34
4. Menuet Vincent d' Indy 03:19
5. Ronde Francaise Vincent d' Indy 02:58
String Trio, Op. 58 12:53
6. Allegro Moderato Albert Roussel 03:52
7. Adagio Albert Roussel 06:13
8. Allegro con spirito Albert Roussel 02:47
Sonatina Nr. 2 Op. 194 11:30
9. Andante, Très calme, presque Adagio Charles Koechlin 03:54
10. Andante con moto Charles Koechlin 01:19
11. Presque Adagio Charles Koechlin 03:12
12. Allegro Charles Koechlin 03:03
Le Bal Masqué 18:12
13. Préambule Et Air De Braboure Francis Poulenc 04:23
14. Intermède Francis Poulenc 02:19
15. Malvina Francis Poulenc 02:17
16. Bagatelle Francis Poulenc 02:13
17. La Dame Aveugle Francis Poulenc 02:15
18. Finale Francis Poulenc 04:43
Total time: 56:50

About this album

The French composers who were attracting attention around 1920, and who were given the collective title of the Groupe des Six by the critic Henri Collet, were united above all by negative characteristics: they were all in rebellion against the powerful influence of Wagner and against the (in their opinion) vagueness of symbolism and impressionism. In their battle they sometimes resorted to musical pranks which were a transitory characteristic, for example, of the music of Honegger and Milhaud, but which would remain characteristic for Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) for some years to come.
Poulencs cantata Le Bal Masqu is written to texts by the poet Max Jacob, whose work can be seen as closely approaching surrealism; it dates from 1932. The instrumentation is strongly reminiscent of Stravinskys LHistoire du Soldat: oboe, clarinet, bassoon, cornet a piston, piano, violin, cello, and percussion-the latter under the control of one single player. In addition, the composer has precisely specified the placement of the nine performers and the conductor on the podium. Poulenc considered the work as a sort of carnival which he had set up in collaboration with the poet. This makes the introduction of a blind lady acceptable, a device which would be in questionable taste outside of this absurdist setting. (Note: This cantata was composed on the eve of Hitlers Machtubername in Germany.

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Reviews

Klassiek

(...) Als ik er een cijfer voor mocht geven, werd het zonder twijfel een tien (...) (...) Gaat dit horen (...)

Le Monde de la Musique

(...) Ces quatre partitions sont excellemment servies par le Viotta Ensemble (...)

Répertoire

(...) Telle les musiciens du Viotta Ensemble la prsentation-ils, lumineusement. (...)

Hervormd Nederland

(...) een originele keuze uit het Franse kamermuziekrepertoire (...) (...) een accuraat en speels pleidooi. (...)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering Equimentsony DAE 3000
Mastering Engineerbert van der Wolf
Mixing Consolerens Heijnis
Microphonesbruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording Formatpcm 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateFebruary 1995
Recording LocationThe Netherlands
EditingBert van der Wolf
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl