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 – Eugene Bozza – Scaramouche // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  1. 01 – Eugene Bozza – Scaramouche // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  2. 02 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – I. Plum Pudding // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  3. 03 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – II. Puits dAmour // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  4. 04 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – III. Negre en Chemise // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  5. 05 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – IV. Linzer Tart // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  6. 06 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – V. Grenadine // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  7. 07 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – VI. Rahat Loukhoum // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  8. 08 – Eugene Bozza – Pulcinella // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  9. 09 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – I. Tambourin // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  10. 10 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – II. Vieux Calvaire // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  11. 11 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – III. Villageoise // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  12. 12 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – IV. Forlane // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  13. 13 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – V. LHorloge // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  14. 14 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – VI. Rondel // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  15. 15 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – VII. Rigaudon // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  16. 16 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – VIII. Toccata // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  17. 17 – Jacques Ibert – Aria // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  18. 18 – Claude Pascal – Sonatine // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  19. 19 – Astor Piazzolla – Etudes Tanguistiques – No. 4 // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  20. 20 – Astor Piazzolla – Etudes Tanguistiques – No. 5 // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  21. 21 – Astor Piazzolla – Etudes Tanguistiques – No. 6 // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights