08 February 2017

Duo Ultima – FRENCH CONNECTION – Artist portrait

Boasting a breathtaking array of French music – and music inspired by France – for saxophone and piano, this two-disc set takes listeners on a tour of Gallic repertoire composed or adapted for this most versatile and seductive of combinations. The breadth of styles showcased in French Connection is unified by saxophonist Guido Bäumer’s even and a warm tone.

Many of the works on this collection belong to or are related to impressionism, including stunning pieces by Debussy, Schmitt and Jolivet, although there is also music from composers such as Milhaud, who rejected and moved beyond impressionism, alongside works of the earlier, more Romantic French school. Some of these Romantic pieces have been adapted from their original incarnations for flute and piano; Guido Bäumer’s first instrument was the flute, so he is uniquely placed to interpret this material with fluency and finesse. The collection is rounded off by Argentine composer Piazzolla, whose Tango-Études combine the discipline of the French instrumental study with the unmistakeable rhythmic pulse of the tango.

On of many highlights, French Connection includes the evocative Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice, who was inspired to capture the essence of Provençale life by a holiday she spent in the region with the great saxophonist Marcel Mule and his wife, and with her husband, fellow composer Pierre Lantier.

The first saxophone record owned by Guido Bäumer was a collection of French music. He became so enthralled by it that he decided to become a classical saxophonist. Now, this process comes full circle, as, with pianist Aladár Rácz, he pays tribute to the repertoire which so caught his imagination – and changed the course of his life. This is the second Odradek CD from this duo, following the success of their debut disc, Flashback.

01 – Scriabin Sonata No 5 Op 53 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
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  1. 01 – Scriabin Sonata No 5 Op 53 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  2. 02 – Scriabin Danses Op 73 Guirlandes // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  3. 03 – Scriabin Danses Op 73 Flammes sombres // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  4. 04 – Scriabin Poeme-Nocturne Op 61 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  5. 05 – Scriabin Sonata No 6 Op 62 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  6. 06 – Scriabin From 2 Morceaux Op 59 1. Poeme // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  7. 07 – Scriabin From 2 Morceaux Op 59 2. Prelude // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  8. 08 – Scriabin 2 Poemes Op 63 1. Masque // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  9. 09 – Scriabin 2 Poemes Op 63 2. Etrangete // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  10. 10 – Scriabin Sonata No 7 (White Mass) Op 64 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  11. 11 – Scriabin 2 Poemes Op 71 1 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  12. 12 – Scriabin 2 Poemes Op 71 2 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  13. 13 – Scriabin 5 Preludes Op 74 (1914) 1 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  14. 14 – Scriabin 5 Preludes Op 74 (1914) 2 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  15. 15 – Scriabin 5 Preludes Op 74 (1914) 3 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  16. 16 – Scriabin 5 Preludes Op 74 (1914) 4 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  17. 17 – Scriabin 5 Preludes Op 74 (1914) 5 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  18. 18 – Scriabin Vers la flamme Poeme Op 72 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  19. 19 – Scriabin Morceaux Op 57 1. Desir // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  20. 20 – Scriabin Morceaux Op 57 2. Caresse dansee // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  21. 21 – Scriabin Two Preludes Op 67 No 1 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  22. 22 – Scriabin Two Preludes Op 67 No 2 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  23. 23 – Scriabin Sonata No 9 (Black Mass) Op 68 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  24. 24 – Scriabin 2 Poemes Op 69 No 1 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  25. 25 – Scriabin 2 Poemes Op 69 No 2 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  26. 26 – Scriabin Sonata No 10 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  27. 27 – Scriabin Prelude Op 56 No 1 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  28. 28 – Scriabin From 4 Pieces Op 56 2. Ironies // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  29. 29 – Scriabin From 4 Pieces Op 56 3. Nuances // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  30. 30 – Scriabin Etude Op 56 No 4 (1908) // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  31. 31 – Scriabin Feuillet d album Op 58 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  32. 32 – Scriabin Sonata No 8 Op 66 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  33. 33 – Scriabin Three Etudes Op 65 No 1 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  34. 34 – Scriabin Three Etudes Op 65 No 1 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC
  35. 35 – Scriabin Three Etudes Op 65 No 3 // James Kreiling - A. SCRIABIN - COMPLETE LATE PIANO MUSIC