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Sonatine, Op 25
composer
1929; dedicated to the critic Roland-Manuel

Recordings
'L'Album des Six' (CDH55386)
L'Album des Six
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55386  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 1: Nonchalant
Track 13 on CDH55386 [3'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Lent et soutenu
Track 14 on CDH55386 [2'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Assez animé
Track 15 on CDH55386 [3'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Sonatine, Op 25
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Durey’s Sonatine, Op 25 (1929), dedicated to the critic Roland-Manuel, commences with a movement aptly marked ‘Nonchalant’: the relaxed and sustained flute line periodically acquires increased momentum which is then dissipated; as with the Milhaud the expressive markings are quite detailed, while the 5/8 metre creates some unusual rhythmic groupings. A spaciously free ‘Lent et soutenu’, with modal re-inflections, leads without break into a playful finale (‘Assez animé’), whose continuous triplet-quaver accompaniment on the piano sounds almost automated. Roles are then reversed as the flute provides an arpeggiated descant over a central piano tune; after a short reprise the music dies away, as if in a dream.

from notes by Deborah Mawer © 2001

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