25 February 2016

Carion given 5 Stars for their album “Nielsen’s Footsteps” by BBC Music Magazine!

Carion given 5 Stars for their album “Nielsen’s Footsteps” by BBC Music Magazine! “The players, all secure in technique and beautiful in tone, combine with immaculate attack, balance and tuning, as well as a sense of shared purpose.” (Anthony Burton)

 

Nielsen’s Footsteps
Quintets by Nielsen, Emborg, Shultz and Senstius

Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet of 1921-22, written shortly after the great Fifth Symphony, is a pillar of the wind chamber music repertoire and a treasurable example of the composer’s distinctive genius. The Danish-Latvian ensemble Carion does it full justice: the players, all secure in technique and beautiful in tone, combine with immaculate attack, balance and tuning, as well as a sense of shared purpose. This may owe something to their habitual way of working: they play from memory, standing up, and moving around to bring out the changing balance of the music, and even act out the interrelationship of the parts (such as the ‘quarrel’ between clarinet and bassoon in the variation finale). This approach is demonstrated, impressively, in the bonus DVD of the Nielsen. Unfortunately it isn’t so clear in the CD recording, made in a resonant church acoustic which presents al the instruments in larger-than-life close-up.

The rest of the CD consists of Danish quintets written under the influence of Nielsen’s masterpiece. Kai Senstius’s 1934 Quintet, written for the same Copenhagen group as the Nielsen, and Jens Embargo’s suite-like Quintet of 1931 are indeed almost slavishly imitative of the textures and gestures of their model, with little sign of individual creative personalities. But there’s a bit more to Svend Schultz’s lively, witty ‘little serenade’ Une Amourette of 1943. The performances of these minor pieces are enjoyable enough, but their chief effect is to rub in what a towering figure Nielsen was.

Performance - 5 Stars

BBC Music Magazine Anthony Burton
March 2016

 

ODRCD321 Nielsen's Footsteps

01 – Cesar Franck – Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123 – Allegretto ben moderato // La Recherche
  1. 01 – Cesar Franck – Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123 – Allegretto ben moderato // La Recherche
  2. 02 – Cesar Franck – Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123 – Allegro // La Recherche
  3. 03 – Cesar Franck – Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123 – Ben Moderato // La Recherche
  4. 04 – CesarFranck – Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, FWV 8, CFF 123 – Allegretto poco mosso // La Recherche
  5. 05 – Claude Debussy – Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 – Allegro vivo // La Recherche
  6. 06 – Claude Debussy – Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 – Intermede Fantasque et leger // La Recherche
  7. 07 – Claude Debussy – Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 – Finale tres anime // La Recherche
  8. 08 – Florent Schmitt – 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 – I. Lied // La Recherche
  9. 09 – Florent Schmitt – 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 – II. Nocturne // La Recherche
  10. 10 – Florent Schmitt – 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 – III. Serenade // La Recherche
  11. 11 – Florent Schmitt – 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 – IV. Barcarolle // La Recherche