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Howard's Day Off - March 19 2016

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—Gabriel Pierne (1863-1937): Impromptu-Caprice, Op. 9, Judy Loman, harp [Naxos 554561].

:10—Gabriel Pierne (1863-1937): “The Convent,” from “Ramuntcho,” 1908, Juanjo Mena, BBC Philharmonic [Chanos 10633]. Incidental music to a play.

:14—Gabriel Pierne (1863-1937): Free Variations and Finale, Op. 51, Netherlands Harp Ensemble (harp, flute, violin, viola, cello.) [Etcetera 1021].

:25—Vincent D’Indy (1851-1931): Suite for Flute, String Trio & Harp, Op. 91, second move., 1927, Soloists from the Luxemburg Philharmonic [Timpani 101119]. This movement is more distinctive than the rest of this late work.

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Jean Francaix (1912-1997): L’Horloge de Flore for Oboe & Orchestra, 1959, first move., Lajos Lencses, oboe w/Uri Segal, Stuttgart Radio Symphony [CPO 999 779]. The influences of Faure, Debussy and Ravel extended to later generations.

:33—Jean Cras (1879-1932): Piano Quintet, finale, 1922, Alain Jacquon and the Quartet Louvigny [Timpani 31134]. A career naval officer who composed in his spare time.

:43—Albert Roussel (1869-1937): Serenade, Op. 30, finale, presto, Netherlands Harp Ensemble [Etcetera 1021]. Like Rimsky-Korasakov a naval officer who turned to composition, influenced by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky.

:48--Jean Cras (1879-1932): Impromptu No. 2 for Harp, 1925, Marie-Pierre Langlamet [Timpani 31179].

:52—Claude Debussy (1862-1918): “Dances Sacred & Profane,” second move., Lily Laskine, harp w/Jean-Francois Palliard, eponymous orchestra [Erato 6105].

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04—Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Sonatina, first move., pastorale, members of Netherlands Harp Ensemble, performing an arrangement by Carlos Salzeo [Etcetera 1021].

:09—Marcel Tournier (1879-1951): “Toward the Source of the Fountain,” Judy Loman, harp [Naxos 554561]. Tournier was harp professor at the Paris Conservatory 1912-1948. His wife also taught harp there.

:14—Jean Cras (1879-1932): Quartet, third move., 1912, Quartet Louvigny [Timpani 31134].

:22—Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Sonata, 1916, finale, Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute; Lily Laskine, harp; Pierre Pasquier, viola. [Erato 6105]. One of Debussy’s last works.

:27—Gabriel Pierne (1863-1937): Fandango from “Ramuntcho,” 1908, Juanjo Mena, BBC Philharmonic [Chanos 10633]. Incidental music to a play.

--FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Vincent D’Indy (1851-1931): “Dance in Ancient Style,” prelude and first move., 1886, Members of the Luxemburg Philharmonic [Timpani 101119].

:35—Jean Francaix (1912-1997): “Pavane for a Living Genie,” 1987, Thierry Fischer, Ulster Orchestra [Hyperion 67323]. Written decades after all these others were dead, evidence of a continuing French sensibility in music.

:39--Jean Cras (1879-1932): Quintet for Flute, Harp and Strings, first move., 1928, Juliette Huret, flute; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp; Philippe Graffin, violin; Miguel Da Silva, viola; Henri, DeMarquette, cello [Timpani 31179].

(TRICK Q.: IS THIS FRENCH MUSIC OF THE SAME ERA?)

:45—Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920): “The Night Winds,” 1912, Garrick Ohlsson, piano [Hyperion 7907]. An American who studied in Berlin yet was influenced mostly by French impressionism.

:48—Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Piano Sonata, Op. 26, second move., 1949, John Browning, piano [MusicMasters 67122].

:51—Havergal Brian (1876-1972): Interlude from English Suite No. 1, Op. 12, 1906, Alexander Walker, New Russia State Symphony [Naxos 572833]. An English composer in a mood that seems to be these other pieces.

:54--Jean Cras (1879-1932): Quintet for Flute, Harp and Strings, finale, 1928, Juliette Huret, flute; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp; Philippe Graffin, violin; Miguel Da Silva, viola; Henri, DeMarquette, cello [Timpani 31179].

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