Artist: Trio Hochelaga
Title Of Album: Theodore Dubois - Quatuor et quintette avec piano
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: ATMA Classique
Bitrate: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Total Time: 01:00:07
Total Size: 260 Mb
Francois Clement Theodore Dubois (1837 - 1924).
Chamber music with piano, Quartet and Quartet
Piano kvintet a-moll (publ. 1907).
01. I. Allegro agitato con calore [11:19].
02. II. Andante molto espressivo [08:51].
03. III. Allegro leggiero [04:02].
04. IV. Allegro con fuoco [07:10].
Quintet in F-dur for Violin, Oboe, Viola, Cello and Piano (publ. 1905).
05. I. Allegro [07:48].
06. II. Canzonetta. Tranquillo [04:40].
07. III. Adagio non troppo [07:35].
08. IV. Allegro con fuoco. - Tranquillo (Mouvement de la Canzonetta). - Adagio non troppo. - Primo moto [08:28]
Anne Robert (violin)
Benoît Loiselle (cello)
Stéphane Lemelin (piano).
Théodore Dubois was a prominent French composer, organist, theorist, and teacher in the mid- to late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but he is perhaps better remembered for a monumental deficit in judgment than for his music itself. He was a staunch conservative, and as director of the Paris Conservatoire, he refused to award the Prix to Rome to Maurice Ravel in 1905; the outpouring of consternation among the public and among musicians led him to resign his position. Dubois had won the Prix de Rome as a young man and had the beginnings of a successful career in composition, but his music never caught fire in the popular imagination, and his dismissal of impressionism doomed his later work to be considered stodgy and old-fashioned. Dubois wrote with facility and had a gift for melody and traditionally Germanic thematic development. There is little in his chamber music that would make it immediately recognizable as the work of a French composer; in fact, his music sounds almost Brahmsian, but without Brahms' gift for harmonic variety and inventiveness. The two works presented here --a piano quartet and his Quintet for piano, violin, oboe, viola, and cello -- are attractive pieces that are welcome additions for ensembles that don't have a huge repertoire. They are full of Romantic expressivity and drama, and have an appealing and sometimes soaring lyricism. Canadian Trio Hochelaga, joined by violist Jean-Luc Plourde and oboist Philippe Magnan in technically assured and emotionally charged performances, makes a strong case for taking a second look at Dubois. Atma's sound is clean, warm, and vibrant.
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