This sparkling suite for violin and piano came into being when the composer had to adapt his incidental score for a production of Shakespeare's play to the impending absence of the chamber orchestral. The result is a brilliant piece for violin and piano, which the composer quickly released in a four-movement version. There are other recordings of the chamber orchestra suite in five-movements that duplicate only three of the movements of this version. Violinist Gil Shaham and pianist André Previn are ideal partners in this brilliant performance. The four movements allow Shaham to show four sides of his violinist's personality: He skips and plays in carefree fashion in the opening movement, indulges in the grotesquery and parody of the second, gets to play the romantic in the garden scene of the third movement, and dazzles with virtuosity in the final hornpipe. Previn's part is more than mere accompaniment; the piano often has a large part of the mood of the music and his contribution is, to use a word already employed here, ideal.
French composers of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries delighted in adorning their pieces with foreign, in particular, Italian, elements, often calling attention to them in the titles. Among the most subtle transalpine stylists was Francois Couperin, who was refining the ‘French style’ and publishing his legacy in the form of harpsichord and chamber music. His contemporary, Marin Marais, contributed his own subtle essay in the exotic, a “Suitte d’un gout etranger” published in his Fourth Book of Pieces de une et a trois viole (1717), nearly 30 years after his First Book (the epitome of French viol playing) had appeared.
Dans un disque précédent, Exploration (2006), Dal Sasso, qui appartient à cette génération bénie née autour de 1968, exploitait l'héritage de Gil Evans et invitait en soliste un aîné, modèle légendaire d'intransigeance, le saxophoniste américain David Liebman. Créer des textures nouvelles qui jouent avec chaleur tantôt de dissonances doucement agressives (ainsi Morning Sound, où les flûtes ne craignent pas d'expressives faussetés), tantôt harmoniquement confortables (Rondo et Prétextes), où les cuivres et les anches enveloppent, telle est son ambition dans Prétextes.
Christophe Dal Sasso's fifth album as a leader opens an ambitious and original musical adventure in the form of three cycles of compositions inspired by the infinity of the cosmos and the different components of the universe. Devoted to the nebulae, this recording presents itself as the first part of a trilogy with evolutionary orchestration. At the frontiers of classical writing and the soul of jazz, this first cycle is based on the association of a jazz quintet and a string trio (violin, viola and cello).
The Baroque music ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, under Christophe Rousset's baton, performs Rameau's Les Indes galantes at the Opéra National de Bordeaux in a sensual and politically engaged production directed by Laura Scozzi, on the occasion of the festivities organized to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau's death.